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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the Clorinda do?
(a) Starts to close but then also flounders in the heavy seas.
(b) Starts to close but takes a few rounds in the hull causing it to start taking on water.
(c) Fires a few shots across the bow of the Estrella.
(d) Closes quickly.

2. How does Hornblower deliver the lie to Cambronne?
(a) With a stony face and icy reserve.
(b) Through an intermediary.
(c) By signal flags.
(d) Using his first mate.

3. What type of freight will the Daring be taking on shortly?
(a) Bonded.
(b) Wine.
(c) Comodities.
(d) Guns.

4. What keeps the sea anchor bundled up until Estrella reaches top speed?
(a) Paper wrapping.
(b) A length of wire.
(c) A length of spun yarn.
(d) Two cotter pins.

5. How does Cambronne express his anguish?
(a) He shoots himself in the head.
(b) He rips off his uniform's insignia.
(c) He breaks his sword and casts the remnants into the sea.
(d) He cuts his hair.

6. What does Cambronne demand as verification?
(a) To read the letter from Hornblower's superior.
(b) Hornblower's word as a gentleman and naval officer.
(c) To escort the Crab back to port and verify it before the Daring will allow the Crab to depart without a fight.
(d) That Hornblower leave two of his officers on board Daring as hostages until Cambronne can verify the information.

7. What is the name of the present flagship?
(a) The Leopard.
(b) The Java.
(c) The Crab.
(d) The Constitution.

8. How do Hornblower and Fell differ in their opinion of the situation?
(a) Both Hornblower and Fell believe the Estrella can be taken without an ensuing problem.
(b) Fell believes the Estrella is out of reach but Hornblower believes otherwise.
(c) Both Hornblower and Fell believe the Estrella is out of reach.
(d) Hornblower believes the Estrella is out of reach but Fell believes otherwise.

9. What causes Hornblower to misread Cambronne's pretext for departing the gala?
(a) Sharpe assures Hornblower that Cambronne is being genuine.
(b) Too much wine.
(c) He is laywaid by a beautiful woman.
(d) Hornblower thinks Cambronne is a gentleman and as such would not lie.

10. Why is San Juan problematic as far as the capture of Estrella del Sur?
(a) There are so many other Spanish vessels in port.
(b) It has declared itself against England.
(c) It is a neutral port.
(d) It is not under English rule.

11. How is Hornblower's composure during the playing out of this drama with the Estrella del Sur?
(a) Euphoric.
(b) Anxious.
(c) Commanding.
(d) Diffident.

12. What does Hornblower connive to do?
(a) Get the captain of the Estrella drunk.
(b) Get the governor to turn his head from Hornblower's activities.
(c) Have the slave ship's captain casually disregard some of the finer points of law to Hornblower's eventual favor.
(d) Get the governor drunk.

13. What will break the restraint on the sea anchor?
(a) A built-in cutting edge.
(b) The Clorinda will fire a cannon.
(c) Water pressure and flow.
(d) The paper will dissolve with some time.

14. Why is Hornblower in New Orleans?
(a) To oversee the construction of a new frigate.
(b) To meet up with his wife.
(c) To talk to a French general.
(d) To pay an official courtesy visit.

15. How do Cambronne's men receive Hornblower's news?
(a) They wail and moan, smash their muskets, and throw them overboard.
(b) They want to know if they will still get paid.
(c) They cheer that they don't have to fight.
(d) They shrug since they never like the fact when Cambronne's wife insists on traveling with them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the Crab intercept the Daring?

2. Upon whom does Hornblower decide to keep a close watch?

3. Who does Hornblower congratulate on the speed of his ship?

4. What ensures Fell's continued employment?

5. What is Hornblower's position as the novel opens?

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