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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 do after settling Legatt in for the night?
(a) None of these.
(b) Falls asleep on the couch in his cabin.
(c) Goes to sleep in his bed.
(d) Falls asleep up on deck.

2. Who is described as a comical character with abundant whiskers?
(a) The chief mate.
(b) The engineer.
(c) The captain.
(d) The second mate.

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

4. How does the captain avoid speaking to the chief mate on deck the morning after finding Legatt?
(a) He goes to check the anchor.
(b) He goes back to his cabin.
(c) He gives him an order.
(d) He avoids eye contact.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Until what time does the captain, in an unprecedented move, propose to take a watch himself?

3. What did the crew yell when they heard Legatt jump in the sea?

4. What does the captain discover when he tries to pull the rope ladder up?

5. Where does the stranger say the skipper of the Sephora's wife is, presently?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has contributed to the "pitiless obligation" under which the skipper of the Sephora operates?

2. What story does Legatt share with the captain once on board the ship? How does the captain react?

3. What is the significance of the "punishment" of Leggatt?

4. Who are the main officers on board? How is the reader introduced to these characters? How are they described?

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

6. The author gives the reader one example of the captain's determination and ability to stand his ground when making a decision. What is it?

7. Who finally suggests that it is necessary for Legatt to leave the ship? Why? How does the other man feel about this?

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

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

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

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