Billy Budd Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Billy and Claggart's relationship like before they sail together on the Bellipotent?
(a) They are friends until Billy falls in love with Claggart's sister.
(b) The do not know each other before sailing on the Bellepotent.
(c) They are close friends in childhood, but later drift apart.
(d) They are bitter enemies since childhood.

2. What is the greatest fear in the British Navy?
(a) Capsizing.
(b) Losing the sextant.
(c) Mutiny.
(d) A tsunami.

3. Which character is described in chapter 11 as being "down" on Billy?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) The Dansker.

4. Which Captain is involved in the mutiny at Nore?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Captain Budd.
(c) Captain Graveling.
(d) Captain Bligh.

5. Who causes the uncomfortable incident in chapter 10?
(a) Billy.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) Red Whiskers.
(d) Claggart.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Melville claim that certain men are morally depraved?

2. How does Billy react to Claggart in chapter 10?

3. Which naval ship does Billy serve on?

4. What other name is a reference to Captain Vere?

5. How old is Billy?

(see the answer key)

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