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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 does the captain discover when he tries to pull the rope ladder up?
(a) Neither of these.
(b) It's broken.
(c) Both of these.
(d) It's too heavy to pull up.

2. Why has Legatt fled the ship he was previously aboard?
(a) He killed the ship's chief mate.
(b) He killed a woman at the last port.
(c) He killed the ship's captain.
(d) He killed a man on board the ship.

3. What did the stranger see that he decided to swim towards?
(a) The unnamed ship's riding light.
(b) The outline of a mast.
(c) A waxing moon low in the sky.
(d) The North Star.

4. What is the name of the river from which the ship has just left at the story's beginning?
(a) Meinam.
(b) Narcissus.
(c) Nessie.
(d) Menimile.

5. What images of the captain and Legatt does the author create?
(a) The two men standing next to one another.
(b) The two men wearing identical clothes.
(c) The two men similar in stature.
(d) All of these.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the captain close after he and the stranger hear the noise overhead?

2. How was the murder committed?

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

4. What color is the hair of the man floating beside the captain's ship?

5. What is to the left of the door in the captain's stateroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the captain describe the state of Leggatt during the exodus from the gulf?

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

3. How does the captain narratively describe the scattered islands on the gulf?

4. What is indicated about the captain based upon his precautionary manner of proceeding in fetching clothes for the stranger?

5. What example of dual personification does the author give in the captain's character?

6. Why does the mysterious stranger see himself being tried by a judge and jury something of an absurdity?

7. What is signified by the stranger's speech after he hears the plight of the newly-made captain?

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

9. How does the captain of the unnamed ship describe the skipper of the Sephora?

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

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