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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 many men are in Aubrey's life boat?
(a) 10.
(b) 13.
(c) 12.
(d) 24.

2. What does Maturin do after Java strikes her colors?
(a) Tends to the wounded.
(b) Runs down to his quarters to save his laudenum.
(c) Operates on Aubrey's head.
(d) Asks permission to retain his specimen collection.

3. What separates all the life boats from each other?
(a) Anger among the crew members.
(b) The incompetence of some of the crew.
(c) Foul weather.
(d) It is regulation to do so.

4. What seems a possibility to the men after a few days?
(a) They will start encountering other vessels as they have entered a shipping lane.
(b) They are on the wrong course.
(c) Starvation.
(d) They will sight land soon.

5. How does Maturin almost make a serious faux pas?
(a) By almost missing the Captain's table.
(b) By asking to examine the eye socket of a one-eyed sailor.
(c) By telling the first mate what Maturin thinks of the mate's mother.
(d) By forgetting the Captain's name.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Pontet-Canet?

2. Why does the Leopard make quite a stir when entering the port?

3. What happens after several days in the sun?

4. What does the vessel turn out to be?

5. What are in the letters to Sophie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the cricket match when Maturin joins the game and what tone does it set?

2. Why is it somewhat miraculous that the HMS Leopard pulls into Pulo Batang successfully?

3. What answers Aubrey's unspoken question as to why the Captain of the Java does not first engage in long-range gunfire before closing to board?

4. Why would the men welcome being on board the HMS Java though it is quite crammed with people?

5. Why do you think it would be a serious faux pas to not attend the Captain's table to which one is invited in order to manage one's specimens as Maturin almost does?

6. How would you respond to being in open sea in an eighteen-foot boat with twelve other people?

7. What tone for the novel is set and how is it set by the references to "Abraham"?

8. Why is Aubrey depressed at the news of the war?

9. Who is Mrs. Wogan and how does she figure in the previous novel, which is mentioned in the initial chapters of this novel?

10. Why do you think Aubrey argues so strenuously to retain his lieutenants and midshipmen?

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