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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. What is the name of the ship approaching dangerously close to the crew's ship at the beginning of the story?
(a) Tempora.
(b) Sephora.
(c) Stephanie.
(d) Tiffanie.

2. Upon what do the hands of both the captain and the strange man rest?
(a) The rail.
(b) The rigging.
(c) The skylight.
(d) The hatch.

3. What does the captain cite as an example of the chief mate's "dominant trait"?
(a) Writing in his journal while appearing to listen.
(b) Speaking at length on the history of ink quills.
(c) Asking about the captain's personal life.
(d) Pondering over a scorpion.

4. Where was Legatt swimming when he began swimming toward the captain's ship?
(a) Toward another ship.
(b) None of these.
(c) Toward port.
(d) Toward an island.

5. What does the captain do the night they see a strange ship approaching?
(a) All of these.
(b) Decides the sea most likely doesn't hold any discomforting surprises.
(c) He walks along the deck.
(d) Watches the nearby ship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the captain watch leave once on board the ship?

2. Who finds it necessary to find a logical reason for every occurrence that comes his way?

3. Who does the stranger say has been with the skipper of the Sephora longest amongst the crew?

4. To what animal does the captain compare the man after making eye contact?

5. On the crew, who is the "odd ball" or the odd man out?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what conclusion does the captain's mind first leap when he sees the naked body in the water, and why?

2. How is the second mate characterized in the beginning of the story?

3. Briefly, how does the narrator describe the setting of the Gulf of Siam, in which the story opens?

4. How was the murder incited, as the stranger relates it?

5. What most strongly fascinates the captain about the stranger?

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

7. What does the captain tell the skipper at the end of the skipper's story? How does the skipper react? Why?

8. Why is the captain's quarters comfortable enough for both grown men? Where do each of the men retire? What does this demonstrate?

9. Based on the author's interpretation of the situation, does the captain feel confident about taking the ship dangerously close to the islands? Why or why not?

10. How does the chief mate of the unnamed ship refer discretely to his strange new captain, and for what reason?

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