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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. At what does the stranger stare through the porthole while relating his tale to the captain?
(a) An islet.
(b) Nothing.
(c) The Sephora.
(d) A star.

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

3. What gives Legatt a sense of relief when he is swimming?
(a) The riding light on the captain's ship.
(b) The riding light on the Sephora.
(c) The riding lignt on the Tempora.
(d) The lights of the tug boat.

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

5. Where does the captain sit at his breakfast table?
(a) The center port.
(b) The center starboard.
(c) The head.
(d) The foot.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What deity's name is used in the exclamation of the mysterious man on hearing that the narrator is the ship's captain?

4. From where has the mysterious man directly come?

5. How long has the captain been a captain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What characterizes the account of the stranger's escape from the Sephora to the unnamed ship?

3. What reflection is prompted in the mind of the captain by the sight of the rope ladder still slung over the side of the ship?

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

5. How does the captain attempt to distract the skipper once the skipper starts to become suspicious?

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

7. Describe the difference between what the captain feels when commanding the ship forward for the first time versus how he should be feeling.

8. What is particularly dangerous about the captain's plan to help Leggatt escape?

9. Once aboard the ship, what does the captain notice about Legatt? What does he determine from Legatt's appearance and mannerisms?

10. What is significant about the faltering in Leggatt's speech when he says, "You have. From first to last"?

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