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Test your knowl­edge with these Coast Guard li­cense exam prep ques­tions from the Na­tional Cap­tain’s In­sti­tute cap­

1. IN­TER­NA­TIONAL RULES: If a stand-on ves­sel has doubts as to whether the give-way ves­sel is tak­ing suf­fi­cient ac­tion to avert col­li­sion, she may in­di­cate that doubt by sound­ing: A. 4 or more short blasts B. 1 short blast C. no sig­nal (in­ter­na­tional wa­ters) D. 5 or more short blasts

2. IN­LAND RULES: A ves­sel at an­chor shall ex­hibit two white all-round lights and: A. the for­ward one must be higher than the aft one B. the aft one must be higher than the for­ward one C. both shall be the same height D. any of the above

3. Un­lighted red and green hor­i­zon­tally banded buoys with the top­most band red: A. are cylin­dri­cal shaped and called can buoys B. are con­i­cal shaped and called nun buoys C. may be ei­ther cylin­dri­cal or con­i­cal since the shape has no sig­nif­i­cance D. are tri­an­gu­lar shaped to in­di­cate that it may not be pos­si­ble to pass on ei­ther side of the buoy

4. Most im­por­tant about a barom­e­ter is: A. free air cir­cu­la­tion B. keep it at sea level C. di­rec­tion and speed of nee­dle move­ment D. mois­ture con­tent and lo­ca­tion

5. The nor­mal way to stop a diesel en­gine is to: A. shut off the air sup­ply B. shut off the fuel sup­ply C. shut off the ig­ni­tion D. any of the above

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