Beat to Quarters Test | Final 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 was the reaction of the Spanish officer who came aboard the Lydia?

2. What difficulty does Hornblower encounter after his visit with the Viceroy and his return to Lydia?

3. What is Hornblower ordered to do by the Spanish emmissaries?

4. What is the fate of Natividad?

5. When the wind dies, how does Lydia approach Natividad to resume battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lady Barbara Wellesley's physical appearance?

2. Describe the condition of the crew of Lydia after the sea battle with Natividad?

3. Why does Hornblower allow Lady Barbara to seek passage on Lydia, though he dislikes her and feels Lydia is no place for a woman?

4. Describe what Lady Barbara does in the cockpit.

5. What did Hornblower have to confess to the Spaniards?

6. Who accompanies Lady Barbara?

7. What does El Supremo hope to do with Natividad?

8. After being refused safe harbor at Panama, what does Hornblower do?

9. Upon sighting Natividad, both ships shortening sail due to foul weather, what does Hornblower do unexpectedly when the two shipd are on a collision course?

10. Who seeks passage aboard Lydia and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Describe Hornblower's trip to the palace of El Supremo. What does he see along the way that disturbs him? Describe the palace and El Supremo's physical appearance.

2) Describe El Supremo's character. In what ways does he exhibit insanity? What does he claim is his ancestry?

3) Who are the "unenlightened?" Why does El Supremo call them that? What is their punishment?

4) Choose one of these three topics and write about it.

Essay Topic 2

1) What supplies is the Lydia out of? Why is it imperative that the Lydia replenish these supplies?

2) How does Hornblower go about getting El Supremo and Manuel Hernandez to restock the Lydia?

3) What disturbing incident takes place during the restocking of the Lydia? Why does Hornblower handle the disturbing incident?

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

Essay Topic 3

1) Describe at least three different kinds of captains mentioned by Bush, Gerard, Hornblower and Crystal.

2) Describe the conversations Hornblower and Lady Barbara have when they chatter about their former lives. What do they mention in those conversations?

3) Describe the conversations Lady Barbara and Hornblower have about books and literature. Mention examples of books or poetry Lady Barbara enjoyed reading and books or poetry Hornblower enjoyed reading.

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

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