Treason's Harbour Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Effendi willing to do?

2. What does Mrs. Fielding ask Aubrey to help her write?

3. What do some of Aubrey's crew mistake animals for?

4. How do Aubrey and his crew travel in the desert?

5. What does Wray receive from Lesueur?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Dromedary early and what is the effect of that?

2. What does Aubrey order his crew to do and where does Aubrey go while they are obeying his order?

3. Describe Jack Aubrey.

4. Describe the situation at the opening of Treason's Harbour.

5. Who is Dr. Graham and about what is he concerned?

6. Why is Aubrey disappointed, but what cheers him up?

7. What does Aubrey decide to do about waiting until the end of Ramadan?

8. Where do Aubrey and Maturin encounter each other and why is Maturin there?

9. What is it like in Malta and why does that not cheer up the British officers?

10. What is Maturin's latest purchase and for what does he want to use it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Treason's Harbour is one book in a series of novels involving Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are two disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Treason's Harbour, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Treason's Harbour and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Treason's Harbour is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, and stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Treason's Harbour.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Treason's Harbour. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors and by the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Treason's Harbour. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors and by the action?

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