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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. Behind what had the stranger been hiding upon the captain's arrival in the stateroom?
(a) The bed.
(b) A bookcase.
(c) The desk.
(d) Coats.

2. What does the captain believe he sees floating in the sea very close to the ladder?
(a) The naked body of a woman.
(b) The clothed body of a woman.
(c) The naked body of a man.
(d) The clothed body of a man.

3. What was the previous occupation of the mysterious man?
(a) Trader.
(b) Cartographer.
(c) Second mate.
(d) First mate.

4. How long has the stranger been swimming?
(a) Since nine o'clock.
(b) Since eleven o'clock.
(c) Since ten o'clock.
(d) Since eight o'clock.

5. What prompts the captain's first words to the mysterious man beside his ship?
(a) Anger.
(b) Fear.
(c) Surprise.
(d) Uncertainty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the captain believe about the body in the water?

2. What word does the mysterious man use to describe the tone of the skipper when being relieved of his duties?

3. Where does the captain sit at his breakfast table?

4. What does the captain do after settling Legatt in for the night?

5. How did the stranger kill his victim?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the skipper feel about Legatt? Why was Legatt on board the Sephora?

2. Why does the captain remain emotionless and unexcitable throughout his and the skipper's conversation? Does it work?

3. Why does the captain grow to hate the sight and sound of his steward?

4. How does the captain describe the skipper at the beginning of part two? How does he feel about the skipper?

5. For what reason does the captain issue his order for all hands to go to sleep while he himself takes the watch alone?

6. What are the initial thoughts of the captain concerning Leggatt when he enters his stateroom after the incident with the steward on the fourth day of traveling?

7. What important differences are there between the captain and his crew? Why are they important?

8. How is the captain's calm and peaceful night alone on the deck of the ship disturbed? Does this represent an important point in the story? Why or why not?

9. What is the captain's interior disposition during the precarious moments in which the ship faces its greatest peril?

10. What does the captain give Legatt as they part ways? What significance does one item have?

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