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Being a part of the Navy looks like a very interesting way to serve your country and protect them from any type of threat that comes from the seas or oceans. What degree of knowledge do you have when it comes to some of the basic naval terms and acronyms? The quiz below is perfect for testing that out. Give it a try!


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  • 1. 

    What does Adrift mean?

    • A.

      A racing move used in Fast and Furious.

    • B.

      Loose from moorings and out of control.

    • C.

      A unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water.

    Correct Answer
    B. Loose from moorings and out of control.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Loose from moorings and out of control." This definition of adrift refers to something that is not securely attached and is therefore floating or moving freely. It implies a lack of control or direction, suggesting that the object or person is at the mercy of external forces. This definition is commonly used to describe a ship or boat that has become untethered and is drifting aimlessly on the water.

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  • 2. 

    What does Aft-end mean?

    • A.

      Your butt.

    • B.

      Wall.

    • C.

      Near or toward the stern of the vessel.

    Correct Answer
    C. Near or toward the stern of the vessel.
    Explanation
    The term "aft-end" refers to the area or direction near or toward the stern of a vessel. The stern is the back part of the ship, so the "aft-end" would be the rear portion of the vessel. This term is commonly used in maritime and naval contexts to describe the location or movement towards the back of the ship.

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  • 3. 

    What do all hands mean?

    • A.

      A group of people at a party with their hands in the air.

    • B.

      All officers on a ship.

    • C.

      The entire ship's company both officer and enlisted.

    Correct Answer
    C. The entire ship's company both officer and enlisted.
    Explanation
    The phrase "all hands" refers to the entire ship's company, including both officers and enlisted personnel. It is used to gather everyone on board for important announcements, drills, or emergencies. In this context, it does not refer to a group of people at a party or all officers on a ship, but rather to the entire crew of the ship.

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  • 4. 

    What does Allotment mean?

    • A.

      A lot of ointment.

    • B.

      An amount of money a member has designated to be withheld from pay.

    • C.

      All the equipment used in mooring or anchoring a ship.

    Correct Answer
    B. An amount of money a member has designated to be withheld from pay.
    Explanation
    Allotment refers to the act of designating a specific amount of money to be withheld from an individual's pay. This could be a regular deduction made for various purposes such as savings, loan repayments, or contributions to specific funds. The other options provided, such as "a lot of ointment" or "all the equipment used in mooring or anchoring a ship," are unrelated and do not accurately define the term allotment.

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  • 5. 

    What does Aye-Aye mean?

    • A.

      Reply to an order or command meaning "I understand and will comply".

    • B.

      I think I am a pirate.

    • C.

      Wall.

    Correct Answer
    A. Reply to an order or command meaning "I understand and will comply".
    Explanation
    The term "Aye-Aye" is used to acknowledge an order or command and indicate that the person understands and will comply with it. It is commonly associated with a response in a military or nautical context, where it is used to show obedience and willingness to follow instructions. The phrase "I think I am a pirate" and the word "Wall" are unrelated and do not provide any relevant information or context to the meaning of "Aye-Aye".

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  • 6. 

    What does Barracks mean?

    • A.

      Jail.

    • B.

      Building where sailors live.

    • C.

      Another word for Korea.

    Correct Answer
    B. Building where sailors live.
    Explanation
    Barracks refers to a building where sailors live. It is typically a military housing facility where sailors are accommodated during their service.

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  • 7. 

    What does below mean?

    • A.

      Sea level.

    • B.

      The bottom of a boat.

    • C.

      Downstairs.

    Correct Answer
    C. Downstairs.
    Explanation
    The given options "Sea level," "The bottom of a boat," and "Downstairs" are all different meanings of the word "below." However, the correct answer in this context is "Downstairs" because it is the only option that is related to a physical location within a building. "Sea level" refers to the average height of the ocean's surface, and "The bottom of a boat" refers to the lower part of a vessel. Therefore, "Downstairs" is the most appropriate interpretation of "below" in this case.

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  • 8. 

    What does Brightwork mean?

    • A.

      Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted.

    • B.

      Things that are shiny.

    • C.

      The topside of a ship during the day.

    Correct Answer
    A. Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted.
    Explanation
    Brightwork refers to brass or shiny metal that is kept polished rather than painted. This term is commonly used in reference to the decorative or ornamental metalwork found on boats, such as railings, fittings, and fixtures. By keeping these metal surfaces polished, they maintain a shiny and reflective appearance, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal of the vessel. This definition aligns with the given answer option.

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  • 9. 

    What does Bulkhead mean?

    • A.

      Drill Sergeants.

    • B.

      Anyone in the Army.

    • C.

      Wall.

    Correct Answer
    C. Wall.
    Explanation
    The term "bulkhead" refers to a wall or partition that separates different sections or compartments within a structure, such as a ship, aircraft, or building. In this context, "bulkhead" is used to describe a physical barrier or divider rather than referring to drill sergeants or anyone in the Army. Therefore, the correct answer is "wall."

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  • 10. 

    What is a Bunk or Rack?

    • A.

      A "bunk" or "rack" on the head to imply hitting or being hit by someone.

    • B.

      A bed.

    • C.

      A gift you give someone at Christmas time.

    Correct Answer
    B. A bed.
    Explanation
    A bunk or rack refers to a bed. This term is commonly used in military or shared sleeping arrangements, such as in dormitories or barracks. It typically consists of a narrow frame with a mattress, often stacked on top of another bed to save space. The use of the terms "bunk" or "rack" in this context emphasizes the functional and utilitarian nature of the bed rather than its comfort or luxury.

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  • 11. 

    What is Buoy?

    • A.

      A boy if you say it with a southern accent.

    • B.

      Those things with the light and the bell on it.

    • C.

      An anchored float used as an aid to navigation.

    Correct Answer
    C. An anchored float used as an aid to navigation.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "An anchored float used as an aid to navigation." This answer accurately describes what a buoy is. Buoys are floating objects that are anchored in bodies of water, such as oceans or lakes, and they are used to mark channels, hazards, or other navigational information for boats and ships. They often have lights or bells attached to them to enhance visibility and provide auditory signals to mariners.

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  • 12. 

    What does Carry on mean?

    • A.

      To carry a certain object to a different location.

    • B.

      An order to resume work or duties.

    • C.

      An order not to resume work or duties.

    Correct Answer
    B. An order to resume work or duties.
    Explanation
    "Carry on" is an idiomatic expression that is commonly used to give an order or instruction to someone to continue or resume their work or duties. It implies that the person should not stop or give up, but rather continue with their tasks or responsibilities. Therefore, the correct answer is "An order to resume work or duties."

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  • 13. 

    What does cast off mean?

    • A.

      To throw your fishing line into the river to begin fishing.

    • B.

      To throw off; to let go; to unfurl

    • C.

      To jump off the ship.

    Correct Answer
    B. To throw off; to let go; to unfurl
    Explanation
    The phrase "cast off" means to throw off, let go, or unfurl something. It is often used in the context of releasing or getting rid of something, whether it be physical or metaphorical. This can include letting go of a rope or line, unfurling a sail, or figuratively letting go of something emotionally or mentally.

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  • 14. 

    What is a Chain locker?

    • A.

      Compartment in which anchor chain is stowed.

    • B.

      Compartment where jewelry is kept.

    • C.

      A ship named after the chain gang.

    Correct Answer
    A. Compartment in which anchor chain is stowed.
    Explanation
    A chain locker refers to a compartment on a ship where the anchor chain is stored. This compartment is specifically designed to securely hold and protect the anchor chain when it is not in use. It ensures that the chain is neatly stowed and ready for deployment when needed.

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  • 15. 

    What is a Chit, Chit book?

    • A.

      A name for a squirrel during reading time.

    • B.

      Something your teeth do when its cold.

    • C.

      Coupon or receipt book.

    Correct Answer
    C. Coupon or receipt book.
    Explanation
    A chit book refers to a coupon or receipt book. It is a booklet or pad of paper that contains detachable coupons or receipts, which can be used to redeem discounts or keep track of transactions. This term is commonly used in retail or business settings to provide customers with a convenient way to collect and use coupons or keep a record of their purchases.

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  • 16. 

    What does Chow hall mean?

    • A.

      Place to eat.

    • B.

      Saying buy to your friend Hall.

    • C.

      The hall that people fought the great beast Chow in 1933.

    Correct Answer
    A. Place to eat.
    Explanation
    Chow hall refers to a place where one can eat. It is commonly used in military settings to describe the dining facility where soldiers have their meals. The term "chow" is a slang term for food, originating from the Chinese word "chow chow" meaning food or mixed dish. Therefore, the correct answer is "Place to eat."

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  • 17. 

    What are Colors?

    • A.

      A ceremony in which everyone wears a different color.

    • B.

      The raising or lowering of a national flag.

    • C.

      The different colors of the flag.

    Correct Answer
    B. The raising or lowering of a national flag.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The raising or lowering of a national flag." This is because the question asks for the definition of colors, and out of the given options, only the act of raising or lowering a national flag is related to colors. The other options are not relevant to the question as they talk about wearing different colors in a ceremony or the different colors of a flag, but not the concept of colors itself.

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  • 18. 

    What is the deck?

    • A.

      A deck of cards.

    • B.

      The layout of a ship or building.

    • C.

      The floor.

    Correct Answer
    C. The floor.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The floor." In this context, "the deck" refers to the floor. This can be understood by considering the other options: "A deck of cards" and "The layout of a ship or building" do not fit the given question, leaving "The floor" as the most appropriate answer.

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  • 19. 

    What does Deep six mean?

    • A.

      Davy Jone's Locker.

    • B.

      Putting 3 peoples feet in a hot tub without sitting in it.

    • C.

      To dispose of by throwing over the side.

    Correct Answer
    C. To dispose of by throwing over the side.
    Explanation
    The phrase "Deep six" is a nautical term that means to dispose of something by throwing it overboard. This expression is often used in the context of getting rid of something unwanted or getting rid of evidence. It originates from the practice of throwing objects over the side of a ship into water that is at least six fathoms (36 feet) deep, making it difficult to retrieve. The correct answer "To dispose of by throwing over the side" accurately reflects this meaning.

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  • 20. 

    What is an Ensign?

    • A.

      National Flag; O-1

    • B.

      An Officer's signature.

    Correct Answer
    A. National Flag; O-1
    Explanation
    An Ensign refers to the national flag of a country. It is commonly used to represent a nation or its armed forces. The O-1 designation refers to the pay grade of a commissioned officer in the United States military. It is the lowest rank for commissioned officers, typically held by those who have recently graduated from a military academy or completed officer training. Therefore, the correct answer for this question is "National Flag; O-1."

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  • 21. 

    What does it mean to Fast?

    • A.

      Eat something quickly.

    • B.

      Snugly secure.

    • C.

      Run like Micheal Jordan.

    Correct Answer
    B. Snugly secure.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Snugly secure." To fast means to securely fasten or tighten something. This implies that when you fasten or secure something, it is done tightly and securely, ensuring that it does not come loose or move easily. The other options, eating something quickly and running like Michael Jordan, do not accurately describe the meaning of "fast" in this context.

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  • 22. 

    What does fathom mean?

    • A.

      Near or toward the stern of the vessel.

    • B.

      Bed.

    • C.

      A unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water.

    Correct Answer
    C. A unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water." Fathom is a nautical term that refers to a unit of measurement used to determine the depth of water. It is equivalent to 6 feet or 1.8 meters. This term is commonly used in marine navigation and fishing to gauge the depth of the water and ensure the safety of the vessel.

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  • 23. 

    True or False. A field day is a day for fun activities in which you are allowed to drink soda and sugar food.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Field day is a general cleaning day.

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  • 24. 

    What is the first lieutenant?

    • A.

      An officer responsible to the XO for the deck department.

    • B.

      An Officer rank 7.

    Correct Answer
    A. An officer responsible to the XO for the deck department.
    Explanation
    The first lieutenant is an officer who is responsible to the XO (Executive Officer) for the deck department. This means that they have a role in overseeing and managing the operations and personnel within the deck department, which is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship's exterior areas, such as the deck, rigging, and navigation equipment. The first lieutenant is likely to have authority and responsibilities related to the safety, organization, and efficiency of the deck department's activities.

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  • 25. 

    A Flag Officer is any ___________ officer in pay grade ___ or above. Place a comma between answers.

    Correct Answer
    Commissioned, O-7
    Explanation
    A Flag Officer is any commissioned officer in pay grade O-7 or above. This means that the individual must hold a rank of O-7 or higher in the commissioned officer ranks. The term "commissioned officer" refers to individuals who hold a position of authority and leadership within the military, having received a formal commission from the President of the United States. The pay grade O-7 corresponds to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in the United States Navy and Coast Guard, and Brigadier General in the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

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  • 26. 

    True or False. Galley means the Kitchen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Galley does indeed mean the kitchen. In maritime terms, a galley refers to the area on a ship or aircraft where food is prepared and cooked. It is essentially the kitchen of a vessel. Therefore, the statement "Galley means the Kitchen" is true.

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  • 27. 

    What is a Gear locker?

    • A.

      A storage room.

    • B.

      Same thing as a foot locker.

    • C.

      Place you store gears in.

    Correct Answer
    A. A storage room.
    Explanation
    The term "gear locker" refers to a storage room specifically designed for storing gears. Gears can include various equipment, tools, or accessories used for specific purposes. Therefore, a gear locker is a dedicated space where these items can be safely stored and easily accessed when needed. It is similar to a foot locker in the sense that both are used for storage, but a gear locker is specifically meant for storing gears.

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  • 28. 

    What is Geedunk? Remember the comma and preposition.

    Correct Answer
    Candy, gum or cafeteria
    Candy, cafeteria or gum
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Candy, gum or cafeteria." Geedunk is a term commonly used in the military to refer to a small store or snack bar where candy, gum, and other snacks are sold. It can also be used to refer to the snacks themselves. The answer options provide different arrangements of the words candy, gum, and cafeteria, all of which are associated with geedunk.

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  • 29. 

    What is General quarters?

    • A.

      Officer's room.

    • B.

      Battle stations.

    • C.

      A regular quarter worth .25 cents.

    Correct Answer
    B. Battle stations.
    Explanation
    General quarters is a military term that refers to a state of readiness on a naval vessel where all crew members are prepared for battle. It is an alarm sounded to alert the crew to man their battle stations and be ready for combat. Therefore, the correct answer is "Battle stations."

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  • 30. 

    What is a Head?

    • A.

      The nozzle of a firearm.

    • B.

      A bathroom.

    • C.

      Bottle Rockets.

    Correct Answer
    B. A bathroom.
    Explanation
    A head is a colloquial term used to refer to a bathroom. This term is commonly used in maritime and aviation contexts, where the word "head" is used to describe the toilet facilities onboard a ship or aircraft. The term originated from the nautical term "head" which referred to the front part of a ship, where the toilet facilities were located. Over time, the term "head" has come to be used more broadly to refer to bathrooms in general.

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  • 31. 

    True or False. Leave means permission to leave the base, usually for not more than 48 hours.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Leave is authorized vacation. You get 30 paid days of leave a year.

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  • 32. 

    True or False. Liberty means authorized vacation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Liberty is permission to leave the base, usually for not more than 48 hours.

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  • 33. 

    What is an Overhead?

    Correct Answer
    Ceiling
  • 34. 

    What is a passageway?

    Correct Answer
    Hall
    Hallway
    Explanation
    A passageway refers to a corridor or a pathway that connects different rooms or areas within a building. It is commonly known as a hallway or a hall. Both terms are used interchangeably to describe the same concept of a long, narrow space that allows people to move from one room to another.

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  • 35. 

    True or False. A Lifeline is a line erected around the weather decks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A lifeline is a safety measure used on ships to prevent personnel from falling or being washed overboard. It is a line that is erected around the weather decks of the ship, providing a physical barrier and support for individuals working on the deck. This helps to ensure their safety and prevent accidents or injuries that could occur due to falling or being washed overboard.

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  • 36. 

    What do Quarters mean?

    • A.

      .25 Cents

    • B.

      Assembling of all hands for muster, instruction and inspection.

    • C.

      A device to allow movement of personnel from one level to another.

    Correct Answer
    B. Assembling of all hands for muster, instruction and inspection.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Assembling of all hands for muster, instruction and inspection." This is because the term "quarters" refers to the gathering of all personnel for a specific purpose, such as taking attendance, giving instructions, and conducting inspections. It is commonly used in military or naval contexts to ensure that all members are present and informed.

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  • 37. 

    What is a Rating?

    • A.

      A grade letter on how you did.

    • B.

      A job.

    • C.

      A specialty title.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. A job.
    C. A specialty title.
  • 38. 

    What does Reveille mean?

    • A.

      To go to bed.

    • B.

      To wake up.

    • C.

      To start a new day.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. To wake up.
    C. To start a new day.
    Explanation
    Reveille is a French word that means to wake up or to rouse from sleep. It is commonly used in military contexts to signal the start of the day and to wake up soldiers. Therefore, the correct answers "To wake up" and "To start a new day" accurately capture the meaning of reveille.

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  • 39. 

    True or False. A Scullery is a place to wash clothes.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A Scullery is a place to wash dishes.

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  • 40. 

    What is a Scuttlebutt?

    • A.

      A way to call someone a bad name.

    • B.

      The nickname for someone who doesn't do their job.

    • C.

      Drinking fountain or a rumor.

    Correct Answer
    C. Drinking fountain or a rumor.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Drinking fountain or a rumor." Scuttlebutt is a term that originated in the maritime industry and refers to a drinking fountain on a ship. Sailors would gather around the scuttlebutt to drink water and exchange information, which often led to the spreading of rumors. Over time, the term "scuttlebutt" came to be associated with both a source of water and gossip or rumors.

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  • 41. 

    Secure means to...

    • A.

      Lock

    • B.

      Put away

    • C.

      Stop work

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Lock
    B. Put away
    C. Stop work
    Explanation
    Secure means to lock, put away, or stop work. When something is secure, it is protected or made safe from harm or unauthorized access. Locking something ensures that it cannot be opened or accessed by others. Putting something away means to store it in a safe place, out of reach or sight. Stopping work implies ceasing any activity or operation to ensure safety and prevent any potential risks or hazards. Therefore, all three options - lock, put away, and stop work - accurately describe the meaning of secure.

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  • 42. 

    What is Sickbay?

    Correct Answer(s)
    Hospital
    Clinic
    Explanation
    Sickbay refers to a specific area within a hospital or clinic where medical treatment is provided to patients who are sick or injured. Therefore, the correct answer is hospital and clinic as both of these places have a designated area called sickbay where medical care is given.

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  • 43. 

    To swab is to...

    Correct Answer(s)
    Mop
    Explanation
    To swab is to mop. Swabbing refers to the action of using a mop or a cloth to clean or wipe a surface. It involves wetting the mop or cloth and then using it to remove dirt, spills, or stains from floors or other surfaces. Swabbing is commonly done in cleaning tasks, especially in areas that require thorough cleaning or disinfection.

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  • 44. 

    Taps is...

    • A.

      Wait patiently in line.

    • B.

      Time to sleep.

    • C.

      End of the day.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Time to sleep.
    C. End of the day.
    Explanation
    The answer "Time to sleep, End of the day" suggests that "Taps" refers to a signal or indication that it is time to go to sleep and signifies the end of the day. This could be a reference to a military tradition where "Taps" is a bugle call played at nightfall to signal the end of the day and to indicate that it is time for soldiers to go to sleep.

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  • 45. 

    Tattoo is...

    Correct Answer(s)
    five minutes before taps
    5 minutes before taps
    Explanation
    The answer "five minutes before taps, 5 minutes before taps" suggests that the term "Tattoo" refers to a specific time period, which is five minutes before taps. Taps is a military signal played at the end of the day to indicate lights out and bedtime. Therefore, Tattoo is the time period just before this signal, allowing individuals to prepare for the end of the day activities.

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  • 46. 

    True or False. Turn to means to turn towards an officer coming on deck.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Turn to means to begin work.

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  • 47. 

    What does Topside mean?

    Correct Answer
    Upstairs
    Explanation
    Topside means upstairs. This term is commonly used to refer to the upper level or floor of a building or a vessel. It indicates a location or direction that is higher or above the current position. In the context of a building, topside refers to the floors above the ground level. Similarly, on a ship or submarine, topside refers to the upper deck or levels. Overall, topside is used to describe a position or area that is located higher than the current location.

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  • 48. 

    True or False. Working aloft means working above the highest deck; generally performing maintenance on the ship's mast.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Working aloft refers to working at a higher position than the highest deck, typically involving tasks related to the ship's mast. This can include maintenance, repairs, or other activities that require individuals to be elevated above the main deck. Therefore, the statement "True" accurately describes the concept of working aloft.

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