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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 did the crew yell when they heard Legatt jump in the sea?
(a) "Man over board!"
(b) "Escape!"
(c) "Suicide!"
(d) "Get him!"

2. Where is the chief mate's ink well located?
(a) Next to his bed.
(b) On his writing desk.
(c) Both of these.
(d) Neither of these.

3. Who attempts to figure out the size and purpose of the Sephora during the officers meeting with the captain?
(a) None of these.
(b) The engineer.
(c) The second mate.
(d) The chief mate.

4. What does the steward do with the door to the captain's room after first visiting him in the morning?
(a) Breaks one of the hinges.
(b) Hooks it open.
(c) Latches it shut.
(d) Slams it.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old does the captain believe Legatt is?

2. Who comes to relieve the captain on deck the night they see a strange ship approaching?

3. The shadows of what are flung far eastward by the setting sun, as described after the Gulf is named?

4. At what location did the stranger ask to speak with the captain of the Sephora?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why does the captain say that it is trying to be on deck, but it is also trying to be down below? What does he mean?

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

4. What does the captain tell the skipper at the end of the skipper's story? How does the skipper react? Why?

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

6. How is the reader introduced to the Sephora? Is there any indication of the importance of the ship in the beginning of the story?

7. How does the captain's floppy hat save the ship?

8. What danger lies in taking the ship as close as possible to the islands the ship is approaching?

9. Is there any indication that the crew knows about Legatt's presence on the ship the morning after he arrives? Why or why not?

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

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