Billy Budd Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 23.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is John Claggart's appearance described in chapter eight?
(a) Pale and fat with dark red hair.
(b) Handsome and strong with blue eyes and blond hair.
(c) Pale and effeminate with curly black hair.
(d) Dark and swarthy with long black hair.

2. What is a "cat's paw"?
(a) A part of a cat.
(b) The joint between the mainsail and the topsail.
(c) A person who does another's dirty work.
(d) Slang for an anchor.

3. In chapter 15, which character appears to be conspiring to destroy Billy's character?
(a) John Claggart.
(b) Red Whiskers.
(c) The Dansker.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

4. In chapter 15, which character is Billy's confidant?
(a) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(b) Red Whiskers.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) The Dansker.

5. How does the sailor Billy threatened in chapter 14 react to Billy in chapter 15?
(a) He refuses to look Billy in the eye.
(b) He is timid.
(c) He is very aggressive.
(d) He is very friendly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What time is dogwatch?

2. How old is Jon Claggart when he enters the Navy?

3. When is Billy due to be executed?

4. What is John Claggart's position on the ship?

5. What is John Claggart's responsibility on board the ship?

(see the answer key)

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