Billy Budd Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 29.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is John Claggart's position on the ship?
(a) Chief Mate.
(b) Master-at-arms.
(c) Foretopman.
(d) Boatswain.

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

3. Who prepares Billy's body for burial?
(a) The chaplain.
(b) Members of the drumhead court.
(c) The sailors on deck.
(d) Captain Vere.

4. What concerns the surgeon in chapter 20?
(a) The manner in which the captain is handling Claggart's death.
(b) The manner in which Claggart dies suddenly.
(c) The morale of the crew.
(d) The wounds to Billy's hand.

5. To what does Melville attribute the general attitude of most sailors?
(a) Their lives are always controlled.
(b) Living in close quarters warps a person's character.
(c) They must assume control of their lives at an early age.
(d) The sea attacts the worst types of individuals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Captain Vere's favorite hobby?

2. What nickname does Billy's older friend give him?

3. What is Captain Vere cited for in West Indian waters?

4. When is Billy due to be executed?

5. Who witnesses Billy's funeral?

(see the answer key)

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