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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. Why is it better to be a Captain than a Lieutenant?
(a) You get to retire whenever you want.
(b) You get to name your ship when you get one.
(c) You get three times the pay and prize money as a Captain.
(d) You get your choice of ships and postings.

2. What does Hornblower do with Sweet's body?
(a) Lets it sink into the sea.
(b) Strings it up on the yardman as an example.
(c) Keeps it in a barrel for transport back to the Admiralty.
(d) Burns it.

3. How does Hornblower bathe while on board ship?
(a) He doesn't bathe.
(b) He takes a daily swim instead of bathing.
(c) He has a bucket of sea water dumped over his head.
(d) He has the crew hose him down with the wash-deck pump.

4. On the Porta Coeli traveling to meet the Flame, why is Hornblower unhappy with the storm?
(a) The storm is preventing him from walking on deck.
(b) The ship is riding with the wind and gets there too quickly.
(c) One of the topsails rips due to the wind.
(d) The ship has to travel leeward, opposite to the direction of the Flame.

5. What does the success of Hornblower's plan the Porta Coeli masquerade mean?
(a) The French at Le Havre has no reason to trust the mutineers.
(b) The French at Le Havre help Hornblower regain the Flame.
(c) The mutineers change their minds once they see Hornblower in action.
(d) The mutineers have no choice but to commit treason on top of mutiny.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Hornblower at the beginning of the book?

2. What does Hornblower suffer from that he finds embarrassing?

3. What does Hornblower have for dinner on the Porta Coeli?

4. What does Lord St. Vincent tell Hornblower?

5. How does Chadwick react to his orders from Hornblower?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does LeBrun tell Hornblower about the latest imperial dispatches from Paris? What does this news suggest about the war?

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

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

4. What does Hornblower do to make the ships even more alike?

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

6. What is Hornblower's attitude towards the mutineers?

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

8. At the beginning of the book, what is Hornblower's relationship with his wife like? How does C. S. Forester show this?

9. How does C. S. Forester quickly establish Hornblower's rank and importance?

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

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