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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) Relaxation.
(c) All of these.
(d) Rest.

2. In what Gulf is the narrator's ship anchored at the story's beginning?
(a) Siam.
(b) Carpentaria.
(c) Papua.
(d) Tonkin.

3. When did the murder take place?
(a) During a mutiny.
(b) On the open water.
(c) While the ship was docked at port.
(d) During a huge storm.

4. What does Legatt tell the captain the person he murdered would do or not do?
(a) The person murdered wouldn't allow others to do their job.
(b) Both of these.
(c) The person murdered wouldn't work.
(d) None of these.

5. Who forms a special bond almost instantly?
(a) The captain and chief mate.
(b) The captain and second mate.
(c) Legatt and the captain.
(d) Legatt and the chief mate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the captain do after settling Legatt in for the night?

2. Over what uncanny discovery does the stranger reflect after hearing the captain's story?

3. What bizarre, mysterious inquiry does the stranger make without being explicitly quoted in the text?

4. What disturbs the captain's "comfort of quiet communion" with his ship at the story's beginning?

5. What position had Legatt held on his ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the Sephora's captain according the saving of his ship to the hand of God?

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

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

5. What most strongly fascinates the captain about the stranger?

6. What plan do Legatt and the captain devise for Legatt's escape? Does the author make the plan seem feasible?

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

8. What is the significance of the statement of the stranger that, "It's not so easy for a swimmer like me to commit suicide by drowning"?

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

10. How does Legatt describe the man that he killed? What does this say about Legatt's character?

(see the answer keys)

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