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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. With whom is Maturin enamored?
(a) Diana Villiers.
(b) Killick's sister.
(c) No one.s
(d) Sophie.

2. How long does the ship lie becalmed?
(a) Three weeks.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Two months.
(d) A month.

3. What does Aubrey do about the peeping hole?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Uses it himself.
(c) Puts a stop to it.
(d) Tells Maturin he can use it for spying activities.

4. How did the prisoners' quarters appear after the storm?
(a) Vile and filthy.
(b) About the same as the rest of the ship.
(c) Clean and neat.
(d) The same as when started.

5. What does Maturin do about the prisoners' illness?
(a) Cures it with medicine.
(b) Tries to contain it.
(c) He allows it to spread so people will become immune.
(d) He has no treatment for it.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people recover from the illness but are too weak to work?

2. How does Herapath feel when he gets to the top of the ropes?

3. Who makes accusations against Villiers?

4. How does Maturin feel about his manipulations of Wogan and Herapath?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Aubrey encounter as they leave Brazil and what does he find out?

2. What does Maturin receive from Herapath twice and what does he find out?

3. 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?

4. Why has Villiers left her home?

5. What happens to the convalescents on the ship?

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. What does Maturin find out about Aubrey's next assignment on the sea?

8. What happens after the ship is put in order from the storm and what does Maturin discover?

9. What does Aubrey find when he inspects the prisoners' quarters and what happens when he sees Wogan?

10. What is Sophie doing about Aubrey's excesses?

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