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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. How was the murder committed?

2. For how long has the captain been in command at the start of the tale?

3. Which crew member comes from the Sephora?

4. Who is described as young, round-cheeked, quiet, and serious?

5. What gives Legatt a sense of relief when he is swimming?

Short Essay Questions

1. What principally worsened the conditions faced by the stranger and those on the Sephora?

2. Why is the captain's quarters comfortable enough for both grown men? Where do each of the men retire? What does this demonstrate?

3. Why does the captain grow to hate the sight and sound of his steward?

4. Why does the captain's order for all hands to turn in without setting an anchor watch astonish the rest of the crew?

5. What is signified by the stranger's speech after he hears the plight of the newly-made captain?

6. What are the initial thoughts of the captain concerning Leggatt when he enters his stateroom after the incident with the steward on the fourth day of traveling?

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

8. For what reason might it be, as the captain claims near the end of Part I, that being conscious of his divided mind is worse than being mad?

9. What does Legatt say about his last moments in the water before finding the captain's ship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the captain is on deck giving orders for the first time to move the boat forward, he remarks about the sensations of a man who is feeling a ship move under his command for the very first time. He then remarks, "I was not wholly alone with my command; for there was that stranger in my cabin. Or rather, I was not completely and wholly with her. Part of me was absent. That mental feeling of being in two places at once affected me physically as if the mood of secrecy had penetrated my very soul." What does this comment mean? What sentiments is the author trying to portray?

Essay Topic 2

How does the author create and develop the captain's feelings of loneliness and isolation? What situations, statements, and feelings does the author use? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Compose an analytical essay concerning the contrast between a coincidental order of events and a providential order of events, in regards to Leggatt's escape from the Sephora and achievement of a new destiny. How many positive events or occurrences are there not explicable by human action? Are these mere coincidences or part of something else? Should the events be analyzed individually or as a whole? What changes depending upon how they are analyzed? What argument can be made either for the coincidental or the providential order?

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