The Secret Sharer Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Next to what mythological place is Erebus, to which the captain relates the situation of his ship, located according to the proper myth?

2. Who does the captain begin to hate the sight and sound of?

3. Roughly how far off the island does the captain plan to steer his ship in order that Leggatt may disembark?

4. For how long has the skipper of the Sephora been captain of the ship?

5. Past what hour, after supper, does the captain return below decks to tell Leggatt it is dark enough?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the last sentence of the book, the captain narrates that Leggatt "had lowered himself into the water to take his punishment." Compose an essay which carefully examines the manner in which Leggatt is punished. The captain helps the other man - but to what end? Does it seem a fitting punishment for Leggatt to be marooned, stranded, and cast into another society? Is this punishment enough? Is it too much? What were the available alternatives of punishment that might have awaited him in England? What good will such a punishment do?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The riding light is an important part of the connection between the captain and Legatt. How does each notice/use the ship's riding light the night Legatt comes aboard the captain's ship? How does the author use it as an important piece of the story?

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