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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 does Aubrey hand deliver to Maturin in the morning?
2. Why do the men travel at night?
3. What do Aubrey and his men see as they exit the desert?
4. Who does Mauturin try to locate in Valletta?
5. What are the average daily temperatures while at sea?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Maturin gain political favors from Wray and what are those favors?
2. What is the attitude of the crew and why as they are returning on the Niobe?
3. Describe the encounter with the treasure galley.
4. How do the men survive the remainder of their desert trek and in what kind of shape are they in at the end of their march?
5. To whom does Aubrey make his report about the treasure ship and what is the person's reaction?
6. What surprise awaits Maturin when the Surprise gains a Turkish port?
7. What are Maturin and Martin not affected by the weather as much?
8. How does Maturin help to protect Mrs. Fielding and pull off and intelligence coup?
9. What does Maturin think about concerning Mrs. Fielding?
10. How does the crew fare on their hike and who is the exception?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Maturin acts as a covert agency for the Crown and has become involved with helping Mrs. Fielding, who has been "forced" into spying in order to protect her husband.
1. What sort of covert operations does Maturin undertake? How similar do you think his covert operations are to that of an organization such as the CIA of today?
2. How much does Maturin's covert operations effect good outcomes for the British during Treason's Harbour? How is Matruin unable to use his covert operations to "save the day" in the pursuit of the treasure ship?
3. Do you see any conflict of interests between being a doctor and also a covert operator? Why or why not.
Essay Topic 2
Loyalty is demonstrated in a number of ways, as is the lack of loyalty. Aubrey's crew slowly deserts him to sign on with other captains during a period of downtime while Aubrey's ships are in repair. Yet, many crew members remain loyal to Aubrey despite not being paid during the down time. Discuss the following:
1. How do you define loyalty? Is the ability and desire to be loyal an admirable trait in humans? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being loyal to a person? Cause? Country? Idea? What of those who are loyal to something no matter what they learn about that person, thing, ideal, and country or has blind loyalty?
2. Discuss and analyze why you think man of Aubrey's crew remains to be loyal. Is it warranted, wise, or earned? Do you Aubrey is a loyal British subject? What do you think of Maturin? Is Aubrey a loyal friend, husband, or comrade? What do you think about Maturin? Discuss each situation.
3. Why do you think Aubrey is able to elicit loyalty and confidence from the men when they are traveling through treacherous seas and battling other ships?
Essay Topic 3
Often in O'Brian's series involving Jack Aubrey, his ship and/or life is saved by extraordinary means. Discuss the following:
1. Research and define the literary term "narrative contrivance."
2. Identify and analyze a time in the book when O'Brian makes free use of the technique of narrative contrivance to save Aubrey and his ship in Treason's Harbour.
3. Does the use of narrative contrivance diminish the impact of the plot and the believability of the storyline?
4. Is there any other way O'Brian could have a mixture of suspense and action while at the same time making certain the main characters are not killed?
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