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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. How does the stranger report having made his clothes sink?
(a) By tearing them.
(b) By wrapping them up with a stone.
(c) By diving with them and tying them to a rock.
(d) By pushing them under with a long pole.

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

3. What does Legatt tell the captain the person he murdered would do or not do?
(a) None of these.
(b) Both of these.
(c) The person murdered wouldn't allow others to do their job.
(d) The person murdered wouldn't work.

4. What is the chief mate notably wearing when the captain decides he must show himself on deck?
(a) A bowler's cap.
(b) An American leather jerkin.
(c) Zebra-hide leggings.
(d) India-rubber boots.

5. What does the captain eat at breakfast?
(a) A biscuit.
(b) Toast with jam.
(c) Nothing.
(d) A hard-boiled egg.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position did the captain hold previously?

2. What features does the captain notice about Legatt?

3. What shape does the captain's quarters resemble?

4. What is the name of the ship?

5. What was the content of the first cry from the crew concerning the stranger's intention in diving off the ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterizes the actions of the stranger at the end of the first part?

2. How does the captain describe the chief mate's confusion over the presence of a scorpion?

3. There are a couple of times when the captain describes or refers to Legatt as a ghost. When does he do this, and why?

4. What is significant about the way the author ends the story?

5. What strangeness is dominant in the mind of the captain in the story's early part?

6. For what reason might it be, as the captain claims near the end of Part I, that being conscious of his divided mind is worse than being mad?

7. How does the captain outwardly bear himself as the ship nears the island and almost certain doom?

8. 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?

9. Describe the farewell conversation/interaction between the captain and Legatt.

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

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