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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hornblower was ordered to form an alliance with whom in rebellion against Spain?
(a) Vice Admiral Don Cristobal de Crespo
(b) Ship Captain Andrade
(c) the Spaniards
(d) Don Julian Alvarado

2. How many decks did the Spanish ship Natividad have?
(a) one
(b) three
(c) four
(d) two

3. What did the flag that Natividad now flew look like?
(a) yellow with a blue star in the middle
(b) blue with a yellow star in the middle
(c) black with a red star in the middle
(d) green with a yellow star in the middle

4. What had Hornblower resolved to do on this voyage that he hadn't done previously?
(a) refrain from talkativeness and over-familiarity with the crew
(b) drill the crew every day
(c) immediately punish any seaman who stepped out of line
(d) write daily in his ship's log

5. How fast does Lydia travel in light airs?
(a) 2 knots
(b) 6 knots
(c) 4 knots
(d) 3 knots

6. Who is Brown?
(a) crewman
(b) master's mate
(c) coxswain
(d) botswain's mate

7. Hornblower had been how many years at sea?
(a) 17
(b) 20
(c) 25
(d) 19

8. Who is Polwheal?
(a) 1st lieutenant
(b) the ship surgeon
(c) Hornblower's steward
(d) a red-haired half-wit

9. What does Captain Hornblower do at the same time every morning?
(a) He drills his crew.
(b) He climbs the foremast.
(c) He takes to the quarter deck and paces for an hour.
(d) He commands Lydia to beat to quarters.

10. Which of the crew likes to rap the seamen with his rattan cane?
(a) 3rd Lieutenant Galbraith
(b) Hornblower's steward, Polwheal
(c) boatswain Harrison
(d) 1st Lieutenant Bush

11. How long after sighting the Horn had Hornblower brought Lydia to her destination?
(a) seven months
(b) seven weeks
(c) 3 months
(d) six weeks

12. Where does Hornblower conclude Lydia has made perfect landfall?
(a) on the coast of Nicaragua
(b) on the Gulf of Sequia
(c) on the Gulf of Fonseca
(d) on the coast of Ecuador

13. Who was the first member of the crew to be publicly flogged?
(a) Lieutenant Samuel Simmonds
(b) Hornblower's steward, Polwheal
(c) a red-headed Irishman who played the fiddle
(d) Owen, a half-wit

14. What does Hornblower see on his way to the palace?
(a) a herd of wild boar
(b) dead and near-dead men shackled in the sun
(c) strange exotic foliage
(d) a native wedding procession

15. With whom should Hornblower open communication to receive further orders as soon as it was convenient?
(a) the captain of a nearby British ship
(b) the Rear Admiral commanding the Leeward Islands
(c) the Admiral of the Gulf of Fonseca
(d) the English king

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hornblower have the Spanish officers from Natividad shackled below on Lydia?

2. What is a chief characteristic of Hornblower?

3. Hornblower is ordered to go to the palace of whom?

4. Why does Hornblower think he was selected for this mission?

5. What does Hornblower do when the Natividad is first sighted?

(see the answer keys)

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