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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In chapter 15, what does Billy think he should report to the captain?
(a) The changing weather.
(b) A possible fight.
(c) A possible mutiny.
(d) His behavior.

2. How do the other sailors react to Claggart in chapter 10?
(a) They are fearfully silent.
(b) They laugh the incident off as a joke.
(c) They quickly man their stations.
(d) They erupt into a violent melee.

3. How does Admiral Nelson keep his sailors under control?
(a) Bribing them.
(b) The threat of death.
(c) By winning their admiration.
(d) Terrorizing them into submission.

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

5. What often causes a mutiny?
(a) Unhappy sailors.
(b) A sudden gust of wind.
(c) Illness.
(d) Sailors who drink too much and fight.

6. How do Captain Vere's officers view their commander's seafaring skills?
(a) Poor.
(b) Average.
(c) Superior.
(d) Riddled with inconsistencies.

7. Why is John Claggart's background a mystery to the crew?
(a) He appears to have noble bearing and enters naval service later in life.
(b) He receives mysterious letters that he burns after reading.
(c) He becomes very nervous and quiet around authority figures.
(d) He never talks to anyone about his past.

8. Why is Billy on the uppermost deck in chapter 14?
(a) He is sleeping.
(b) He is mending the topsail.
(c) He is smoking.
(d) He is on watch.

9. In chapter four, which sailor is hailed as the greatest of all time?
(a) Captain Graveling.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) Admiral Nelson.
(d) Captain Bligh.

10. Which character is known for his cheerful disposition?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) John Claggart.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) Billy Budd.

11. How do Captain Vere's officers view their commander's personality?
(a) Relaxed and friendly.
(b) Paranoid and superstitious
(c) Dry and bookish.
(d) Obnoxious and temperamental..

12. Which character is deceived by Squeak's lies?
(a) Billy.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) Claggart.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

13. What one item changes the face of warfare?
(a) The crossbow.
(b) The longbow.
(c) The sword.
(d) Gunpowder.

14. Which mutiny is discussed in chapter five?
(a) Spithead.
(b) Timor.
(c) Nore.
(d) Brighton.

15. Who is Billy's father?
(a) George Budd, a merchant sailor.
(b) Captain Graveling.
(c) He is a foundling, and doesn't know his father.
(d) Captain Bligh.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Billy's responsibility on board the ship?

2. What attitude does Captain Vere gain from his studies?

3. Who commands the Bellipotent in chapter six?

4. What is a "Handsome Sailor"?

5. What does Billy threaten to do to the sailor in chapter 14?

(see the answer keys)

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