H.M.S. Surprise Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Chapter 1

1. In chapter one, under what circumstances do Sir Joseph Blain, Admiral Harte, and various other political and military figures meet?
(a) Funeral of the King of England.
(b) Meeting of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
(c) Quarters of Harte on H.M.S. Lively.
(d) Ball thrown for the young hero Captain Jack Aubrey.

2. Why is the First Lord of the Lords Commissioners not happy about allowing captured Spanish vessels to be considered prizes?
(a) First Lord fears a Spanish retaliation.
(b) Prime minister is sympathizing with the Spanish.
(c) Aubrey benefits from the prizes.
(d) Fortune goes to Sir Joseph Blain.

3. What is the ruling of the First Lord about the seized Spanish ships?
(a) Ships must be returned to Spain.
(b) Ruling put off until a later meeting.
(c) The First Lord asks Spain for ransom.
(d) Captured vessels escheat to the crown.

4. Why does the First Lord's mention of Stephen Maturin shock and dismay Sir Joseph Blain?
(a) Maturin's case is already settled.
(b) Maturin's identity as intelligence agent is leaked.
(c) It's inappropriate to mention criminal activity.
(d) Sir Joseph is jealous of Maturin's fame.

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