Beat to Quarters 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. How many guns does Natividad have on board?

2. How does El Supremo view his subjects?

3. What does El Supremo want the two ships to do after Natividad is captured?

4. Where does Hornblower conclude Lydia has made perfect landfall?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Which supplies was Lydia out of or low on after seven months at sea?

2. What does Hornblower do when he is told Natividad is approaching?

3. What does Hornblower do with the captured officers and crew of Natividad?

4. What appears on the beach the morning after Hornblower's visit to El Supremo's palace?

5. What was weighing heavily on Captain Hornblower's mind after 7 months at sea?

6. What does Hornblower see on his way to El Supremo's palace?

7. Describe Lydia, the ship Hornblower was a captain of.

8. Describe the incident which took place in the village near where Lydia was anchored?

9. Why do you think it was a wise decision of Hornblower not to get familiar with his lieutenants and to remain aloof and close-mouthed?

10. Name three of the officers of H.M.S. Lydia and their ranks.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Describe the physical appearance and clothing of Lady Barbara when she first boards the Lydia.

2) Describe Lady Barbara's family and social background

3) Describe Hornblower's reaction to Lady Barbara and tell why you think he reacts in that way.

4) Choose one of the three topics to write on.

Essay Topic 2

1) Describe the refitting which had to be done to the Lydia before it could resume the battle.

2) Describe the sad duty Hornblower has to do which takes him momentarily away from repairing the ship.

3) Describe the cable tier where Lady Barbara must remain for safety during the battle.

4) Choose one of the three topics to write on.

Essay Topic 3

1) Describe how Lady Barbara nurses the wounded and dying in the cockpit of the ship.

2) Describe Lady Barbara's views on nursing. How do they differ from the view most people today hold of nursing? Why isn't Lady Barbara another Florence Nightingale?

3) How does Lady Barbara's behavior as a nurse change when Galbraith lies dying . What is touching about this encounter between Galbraith and Lady Barbara?

4) Choose one of the three topics to write on.

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