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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Through what straits did the stranger ask the captain of the Sephora to leave his door unlocked?

2. How many people are on deck at the beginning of the story?

3. How deep does the Sephora draw, according to the second mate?

4. What shape is the captain's stateroom?

5. How does the stranger report having made his clothes sink?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterizes the actions of the stranger at the end of the first part?

2. How does Legatt escape from the Sephora? How does the crew react? Why would they react that way?

3. What does the captain believe his first mate would think were he to see him speaking with the stranger?

4. What is significant about Leggatt's relation of how he avoided discovery by the steward?

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

6. How does the stranger report his former companions treating him after the murder?

7. What is the atmosphere felt by the captain, while in his stateroom, of the unnamed ship after the skipper from the Sephora has left?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part of what enables the captain and Leggatt to get away with the latter's escape is the captain's play upon the notion of societal norms of behavior and eccentric deviation. Compose an analytical essay on this theme of eccentricity. What does it mean to be eccentric? What is required for something to be considered eccentric? How does the captain superficially display eccentricities according to his position on the ship? How does the rest of the crew react to these bizarre patterns of behavior? How does this aid the cause of Leggatt's escape?

Essay Topic 2

Examining the whole of the text, write an essay analyzing the concepts of self and the second self that permeate the thinking and narration of the captain. What is the self? What does it mean to have a self? In what does the "self" consist? What would it mean to have a "second self"? Why is this concept strange? Does the average person have similar experiences to that of a second self? How do such experiences contrast with those of the captain and Leggatt in The Secret Sharer? How are they similar? In what ways do the two men share in an identity?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the situation in which Legatt is almost discovered. Why is this a crucial part of the story, even though Legatt is not actually found?

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