The author, supervising.


  1. What is the correct term for a line used to control the setting of a sail in relation to the direction of the wind?

a)    A sail line

b)    Halyard

c)    Rope

d)    Sheet

e)    Bimini


  1. If the skipper shouts, “Go below!” you should

a)    Jump overboard into the sea

b)    Kneel at his feet

c)    Go and clean the ship’s hull

d)    Go down the companionway into the cabin

e)    Pray


  1. At the order of “All hands on deck!” crew members should

a)    Put their palms on the deck where the captain can see them

b)    Report on deck immediately

c)    Put their hands up in the air

d)    Do handstands as part of the compulsory exercise regime

e)    Prepare for inclement weather by securing the closed hatch covers


  1. When the captain tells you to go “for’ard” you should

a)    Continue moving in the direction you are currently going

b)    Move towards the bow of the boat

c)    Move in the direction of your forehead

d)    Come towards the captain

e)    Go below


  1. If the captain shouts “Balance the boat!” you should

a)    Go towards the bow

b)    Go below

c)    Make sure the boat is perfectly level and not leaning to one side

d)    Make sure the boat is leaning to one side

e)    Change the direction of sail so as to point more down wind


  1. If you are told “hard in on the mainsheet” you should

a)    Tighten the rope attached to the main sail

b)    Lower the main sail

c)    Stop being such a baby

d)    Bring him a pole to strengthen the mast

e)    Make tea


  1. A “wench” is

a)    A type of pulley used to tighten sheets

b)    A type of seagull which can fly over 100 nautical miles a day

c)    The captain’s woman

d)    A windlass

e)    A stationary device used to secure a rope aboard a vessel


  1. A “poopdeck” refers to

a)    The crew’s quarters

b)    A high deck on the aft superstructure of the ship

c)    A bird that defecates on the deck

d)    The toilet

e)    The area where sailors are allowed to hang overboard to defecate


  1. “Jib” and “Genny” are

a)    Vernacular for the captain’s dogs/cats/parrots

b)    Vernacular  for the captain’s women

c)     Triangular staysails set ahead of the foremast

d)    The toilets

e)    Waterproof jackets worn by sailors


  1. The term “Davy Jones’ Locker” refers to

a)    The captain’s locker

b)    The place where misbehaving crew are imprisoned

c)    The bottom of the sea

d)    The toilet

e)    The place where money is hidden on the ship



Part 2: 1 d; 2 d; 3 b; 4 b; 5 d; 6 a; 7 c; 8 b; 9 c; 10 c.

Erica Neser (c) 2012


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. girl in the hat
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 19:43:01

    Hysterical! Oh, too funny. Your test has revealed that I am a sailing idiot, but at least the idiot is laughing her head off.


  2. ericanexpress
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 22:06:22

    Glad you enjoyed it… wait till you see the advanced exam! 🙂 not sure I would pass that one myself, even though I’m the one making up the questions!


  3. mj monaghan
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 16:30:09

    Only about 50/50 for me! I’m better suited to land, I’m afraid.


  4. meladjusted
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 10:58:01

    I can go with to make drinks in the galley – I will be the wench but I don’t want anything to do with the ‘poop deck’ – never, ever, no more poo please!

    More quizzes please – I’m acing all of them 😀


    • ericanexpress
      Jan 15, 2012 @ 17:04:51

      You can make drinks but I am the captain’s wench OK? A catfight in such a small space can get very ugly. And don’t worry about the poop deck. Moonman and crew got pooped only once during their crazy adventure!


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