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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 disturbs the captain's "comfort of quiet communion" with his ship at the story's beginning?
(a) The stars.
(b) His chief mate.
(c) An ominous noise.
(d) Rough waves.

2. Where does the stranger say the skipper of the Sephora's wife is, presently?
(a) At home in London.
(b) At the port in Cape Town.
(c) On vacation on the Thai mainland.
(d) On board the Sephora.

3. From where has the Sephora come when first seen by the captain and his crew, according to the second mate?
(a) Montenegro.
(b) Tangiers.
(c) Cyprus.
(d) Cardiff.

4. What was thoughtfully given to the ship by the provision merchant?
(a) Flowers.
(b) Fruit.
(c) Liquor.
(d) Lamps.

5. How long was the crew working practically night and day?
(a) Four days.
(b) Three days.
(c) Two days.
(d) A week.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the captain reflect to himself is the soul of discipline while walking aft on his watch?

2. What word best describes the weather over the recent evening?

3. What prompts the captain's first words to the mysterious man beside his ship?

4. What does the author compare the riding light to?

5. What did the stranger see that he decided to swim towards?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is indicated about the nature of a captain's rule at sea by the captain's decision that he must show himself on deck?

2. What does the captain do while on deck alone at night while the rest of the crew sleeps? What keeps him awake initially?

3. How does the mysterious man characterize the victim of his murderous anger?

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

5. How does the captain describe the situation in which he first finds himself truly in command of the ship?

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

7. What does the captain find the night he is alone on deck? How does the author describe this?

8. What is the significance of the Sephora's captain according the saving of his ship to the hand of God?

9. How does the captain arouse the suspicion of his steward?

10. What conversation takes place between Legatt and the captain before Legatt comes on board the ship? What does Legatt notice about the captain? Why?

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