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The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower

written by: hammerinhal
Possibly the greatest hero of the "Age of Sail" fiction. Hornblower fights his way through the Napoleonic Wars in eleven adventure-packed novels. Here's a quiz that should be easy if you've read the series and guess work if you haven't.

Question 1:

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Who wrote the Hornblower adventure book series?
C.S. Forester
Patrick O'Brien
C.S. Lewis
William Shakespeare

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Question 2:

Living a life of self imposed isolation due to self doubt, fictional Navy officer Hornblower still considered one fellow officer his friend. Who was he?
ABS Brown
Lt. Bush
Capt. Jack Aubrey
Stephen Maturin

Question 3:

One aspect of the physical constitution of fictional officer Hornblower's isolates him from a simple human pleasure. What is it?
Hornblower has no sense of smell or taste resulting in joyless eating.
Poor eyesight and color blindness result in his inability to comprehend beauty and art.
Dyslexia, or a dyslexia-like condition, prevents Hornblower from being able to read and write.
Tone deafness prevents Hornblower from enjoying or even comprehending music.

Question 4:

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Fictional character Horatio Hornblower shares his first name with England's greatest "real life" naval hero. What is the full name of this hero?
Horatio Nimitz
Horatio Churchill
Horatio Nelson
Horatio Drake

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Question 5:

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During one of his fictional adventures, British Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower is placed, together with Bush and Brown, in the center of France as prisoner of war. They escape their French guards and make a daring, winter river escape. After recovering at the Chateau of the Comte de Gracay, the trio continue their river escape to the sea via the port at Nantes. What river is their escape route?

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Question 6:

What was the name of the first wife of fictional British Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower?

Question 7:

Which of these is true about the second wife of fictional British Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower?
She is the sister of Marie Antoinette, infamous for excesses, and executed early in the French Revolution.
She is the widow of Horatio Nelson, hero of the Nile and Trafalgar.
She is the illegitimate daughter of Benjamin Franklin.
She is the sister of Anglo-Irish statesman Arthur Wellesley, the future victor at Waterloo and Duke of Wellington.

Question 8:

During the "Peace of Amiens,” fictional adventure series character Hornblower is beached and penniless. How does Hornblower make ends meet during this period?
Prize fighting
Playing whist
Working as a fishing boat captain
Gambling on horses

Question 9:

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One of the public duties of fictional British Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower was to organize the funeral of which historical character?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
King George III
Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington
Benedict Arnold
Horatio Nelson

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Question 10:

Fictional officer Horatio Hornblower is dispatched "round the Horn" to assist the Spanish in the Pacific. Hornblower meets and assists a despotic, psychopathic Spanish commander. What is his name?
El Supremo
Augusto Pinochet
El Rey Del Mundo
Hugo Chavez


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