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

2. What does Wogan say as to why she is interested in Herapath?
(a) She knew him in London.
(b) She thinks he's handsome.
(c) He reminds her of her brother.
(d) She saw him fall.

3. Why has Michael Herapath stowed away on the ship?
(a) To follow Wogan.
(b) To get to Australia.
(c) To follow Maturin.
(d) To join the navy.

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

5. What does Aubrey do to Herapath?
(a) Confines him to quarters.
(b) Gives him ten lashes.
(c) Takes away one day of rations.
(d) Admonishes him.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom does Maturin think Villiers might have taken up again?

2. Who is the officer Aubrey is having trouble with?

3. What did Wogan have that kept her in good physical shape?

4. How is Sophie characterized?

5. What do Wogan and Herapath attempt to do about their feelings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Maturin and Aubrey go so Aubrey can play cards and how did it go there for Aubrey?

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

3. Wogan's viewing of Aubrey's nude body is humorous and a fictional inversion of usual events. Why do you think the scene is an inversion of usual events?

4. How does Maturin manipulate Herapath?

5. 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.

6. What does Maturin decide he must do over the Villiers affair and what does he do?

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

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

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

10. A somewhat unique connection is forged between Aubrey and Herapath during the rescue-from-drowning scene. Why do you think this connection occurred?

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