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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wins the game that the sailors play while Hornblower is on shore for the first time since joining the Navy?

2. What is the name of the first captured ship Hornblower is assigned to take to shore?

3. Who does Hales call out for as the boats near the Papillon before the attack?

4. What kind of ship is the one that first finds Hornblower after he loses the Marie Galant?

5. What is the general feeling aboard the first ship Hornblower has duty on in the Navy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the men aboard the Justinian so discontented with their lives?

2. What is the Marie Galant carrying, and why is this so shocking to Hornblower?

3. Where does Hornblower go to get some solitude on the ship, and who joins him sometimes?

4. What does Keene suggest Hornblower to do after his duel with Simpson?

5. What does Masters do with the pistols used in the duel between Simpson and Hornblower, and why?

6. Why does Simpson take such a strong disliking towards Hornblower?

7. What does Hornblower order the crew to do when he knows the ship is lost?

8. What does Captain Pellew say to Hornblower when he hears of his experience with the Marie Galant?

9. What happens to Hales as the boats near the Papillon before the attack?

10. What does Hornblower find in the cable tier one night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Power and greed were two common themes in this book. Where did they appear, and how do they differ in their manifestations?

Essay Topic 2

This book takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affected the course of the plot. Why might Forester have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

Essay Topic 3

Many different characters in this book were persuaded to do things that they would not have done of their own accord. What are some of these instances, and how did persuasion affect the course of the plot?

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