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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 captain's ship represent to Legatt while he was swimming in the sea?
(a) Restitution.
(b) Rest.
(c) Relaxation.
(d) All of these.

2. Over what uncanny discovery does the stranger reflect after hearing the captain's story?
(a) The ship.
(b) An islet.
(c) His guilt.
(d) The ladder.

3. What does the captain set to fixing as a repair of the breached discipline on his ship while on his watch?
(a) The precise height of the mast-flag.
(b) The poorly coiled aft ropes.
(c) The rope ladder.
(d) The foremast's rigging.

4. What word does the mysterious man use to describe the tone of the skipper when being relieved of his duties?
(a) Dry.
(b) Morose.
(c) Impassioned.
(d) Monotonous.

5. What does the captain yell over the side of the ship, down the ladder to the body below?
(a) "What's the matter?"
(b) "Who's there?"
(c) "What's going on?"
(d) "Ahoy!"

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In describing how he committed murder, at what time does the mysterious stranger say he and his victim were setting the sail?

3. What is the name of the river from which the ship has just left at the story's beginning?

4. Who does the captain refer to as his double or other self?

5. What does the captain believe about the body in the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the chief mate of the unnamed ship refer discretely to his strange new captain, and for what reason?

2. What unspoken risk does the captain take in his diversion tactics with the skipper when the skipper starts to become suspicious of him?

3. What is indicated about the captain by his preference of silence and solitude?

4. Trace the outlines of the captain's plan for Leggatt's escape from the ship.

5. What does Legatt do once he is in the water? Why?

6. After being unable to pull the rope ladder over the edge of the ship, the captain impatiently looks over the side to see what the problem is. What does the captain discover? What does he believe he sees at first?

7. Why does Leggatt say that it is wonderful the captain understands his plight and desires?

8. How is the second mate characterized in the beginning of the story?

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

10. Why is it more important than ever that the crew not know about Legatt being on board after the skipper leaves?

(see the answer keys)

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