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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Sophie?
(a) Aubrey's wife.
(b) Aubrey's daughter.
(c) The admiral's daughter.
(d) Aubrey's mistress.

2. What does Aubrey do Saturday evening?
(a) Gets tipsy.
(b) Goes to bed early.
(c) Writes a long letter to Sophie.
(d) Takes Wogan for a walk.

3. What does Maturin feel as he travels to call on Villiers?
(a) Hopeful she will marry him.
(b) Excited.
(c) Self-critical observations and dread.
(d) A little anxious.

4. What does Maturin write about Wogan?
(a) He is slowly gaining her trust.
(b) She is not going to open up to him.
(c) She is not a spy.
(d) He is having an affair with her.

5. Of what crime is Villiers accused?
(a) Being in debt more than six months old.
(b) Being a thief.
(c) Being a spy.
(d) Being a prostitute.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Maturin go ashore at Cape Verdes?

2. What do Herapath, Maturin and Wogan do when they see each other?

3. What does Maturin insist must happen with his convalescents?

4. What does Maturin think has affected the rats?

5. How does the crew feel about Wogan?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the prisoners fare during the storm and what crimes do they commit?

2. What kind of storm does Aubrey hit when he first sails and what does he do about it?

3. What happens to the convalescents on the ship?

4. Who comes to call on Maturin after he leaves the Admiralty and what does he say?

5. The rescue of Herapath begins the novel's restrained, intricate, and playful treatment of the sexually-charged atmosphere of a man-of-war with hundreds of men and three women--one of them obviously pregnant and all of them dangerous criminals. What do you think is meant by this statement?

6. The chapter presents an interesting but routine narrative technique by introducing a letter home from Aubrey followed by a journal entry by Maturin. Both texts flow naturally and are presented in an appropriate voice; they both expose inner thoughts and deep feelings which would ordinarily not come out in common conversation. Explain why you think the author used this technique.

7. With whom is Maturin enamored and how is that going for him?

8. Why is Maturin called to the Admiralty?

9. Maturin begins to mention Herapath to Wogan as a unique case--she claims an interest because she had seen his fall. It seems simple enough to Maturin, and soon enough he discusses Herapath with Wogan freely. All along, the three maintain their innocence. What do you think it means when Maturin thinks Wogan's explanation is dimple enough?

10. What does the ship enter farther north than usual and what happens when it is there?

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