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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. What is the name of the French gunboat that Hornblower boards in the fight at Le Havre?
(a) Chasse-Marée
(b) Bonne Chance.
(c) Indefatigable.
(d) Bonne Celestine.

2. What is a chasse-marée?
(a) A nickname for a French officer equivalent to a lieutenant.
(b) A French cannon on a ship.
(c) A French gunboat.
(d) A French cannon mounted on the battery.

3. What does Hornblower tell the crew of the Porta Coeli, just before meeting up with the Flame?
(a) That the crew of the Flame mutinies.
(b) They are on their way to Spain to rescue stranded British soldiers.
(c) He is relieving Lieutenant Freeman of his command.
(d) They are picking up spies that the Flame captures.

4. What is one of the last things LeBrun does before he is captured?
(a) Calculates the losses from this year's failed trading missions.
(b) Spends the night with his mistress.
(c) Plots with Baron Momas to capture the English ships.
(d) Acts on the dispatches from Paris.

5. What does Lebrun tell Hornblower about Baron Momas?
(a) He is a staunch Bonapartist.
(b) He is a captain in his own right and is in command of one of the gun boats.
(c) His family business trades goods with the Americans.
(d) He is a spy for the English.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the captain of His Majesty's Flame?

2. What happens when Hornblower tries to carry out his plan the Porta Coeli masquerade?

3. What happens as the Porta Coeli sights the Flame?

4. What news does Hornblower receive from one of the prisoners from the French East Indian ship?

5. What does Hornblower plan to do with the Porta Coeli, after he comes back from meeting with the mutineers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Other than the prize money, why does Hornblower want to capture the French East India ship?

2. What is the point of showing Hornblower's daily bathing ritual?

3. Being a sailor is dangerous and hard work, what do sailors expect in terms of monetary rewards?

4. What does the Admiralty do on Hornblower's news of the Flame and the possible surrender of Le Havre?

5. What does Hornblower think of Captain Bush's reaction to Freeman's fortune-telling abilities?

6. What does Hornblower think of the war and why is this rather ironic?

7. As a midshipman, Hornblower is atypical, why?

8. What is Horatio Hornblower's state of mind at the beginning of the book? Why is he feeling this way?

9. How does C. S. Forester show that Hornblower has the "common touch" in his interactions with men?

10. What happens to show Hornblower that the French may be just as tired of the war as the English?

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