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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the first recorded mutiny of the British Navy occur?
(a) Timor.
(b) Nore.
(c) Brighton.
(d) Spithead.

2. Which character does Squeak play tricks on?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Claggart.
(c) Billy.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

3. Which types of books does Captain Vere prefer?
(a) Biography, History and Classical authors.
(b) Technical manuals and Mathematical theorems.
(c) Shakespearean dramas and Romance novels.
(d) Greek mythology and seafaring stories.

4. Which character remains cheerful, despite clandestine attempts of persecution?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Claggart.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) Billy.

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

6. Who is responsible for the tricks being played on Billy?
(a) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(b) The Dansker.
(c) Red Whiskers.
(d) John Claggart.

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

8. Why does Melville claim that certain men are morally depraved?
(a) Because they are forced into depravity by their living conditions.
(b) Because cruel treatment breeds cruelty.
(c) Because their licentious behavior makes them depraved.
(d) Because they are not entirely sane.

9. Who commands the Bellipotent in chapter six?
(a) Captain Graveling.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) Captain Bligh.
(d) Admiral Nelson.

10. Why is Billy reprimanded in chapter nine?
(a) He is caught eating in the crow's nest.
(b) He falls asleep while on watch.
(c) He knocks over a full bucket in front of the captain.
(d) Someone is playing tricks on him that get him in trouble.

11. Which country is described as ruling the seas?
(a) Germany.
(b) Timor.
(c) The United States.
(d) England.

12. Which types of historical figures are often compared to Billy?
(a) Noble sailors.
(b) Biblical prophets.
(c) Medieval knights.
(d) Greek heros.

13. What type of personal life does Captain Vere lead?
(a) Lonely.
(b) Bitter and morose.
(c) One filled with a just a few close friends.
(d) One filled with many friends and jovialty.

14. Why does Billy join the British navy?
(a) His father is a naval Captain.
(b) His best friend is joining up and convinces him to follow.
(c) He is conscripted into service.
(d) He wants to defend his country.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter two, how does Billy react to his new shipmates?

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

3. Which character is known for his cheerful disposition?

4. Which act does Claggart believe is an intentional attempt to offend him?

5. Who is Billy's father?

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