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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. Where is the captain as the story opens?
(a) On the docks.
(b) On the tug boat.
(c) On his new ship.
(d) In a row boat.

2. What shape is the hill on which the pagoda at the story's beginning sits?
(a) Mitre.
(b) Coconut.
(c) Dome.
(d) Convex.

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

4. What color are the curtains around the captain's bed?
(a) Red.
(b) Gold.
(c) Gray.
(d) Green.

5. What shape does the captain's quarters resemble?
(a) An "L".
(b) An "S".
(c) A "C".
(d) A "T".

Short Answer Questions

1. Upon what do the hands of both the captain and the strange man rest?

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

3. Who is the youngest member of the crew?

4. What was the previous occupation of the mysterious man?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the captain derive from the sincerely considered alternatives the mysterious man weighs?

3. For what reason does the captain issue his order for all hands to go to sleep while he himself takes the watch alone?

4. The story begins with the captain coming aboard his new ship. Explain how the captain is feeling at the beginning of the story and how the author paints that picture.

5. Why does the captain bring the skipper to his state room? What does he tell the skipper? Why?

6. What does the captain discuss after the informal meeting with his main officers? Why is this significant?

7. What does Legatt say about his last moments in the water before finding the captain's ship?

8. 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?

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

10. What is significant about Leggatt's rebuttal of the Sephora's skipper's account of the setting of the reefed foresail?

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