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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What book does Billy regularly read from?
(a) From a sailor's handbook.
(b) From the Bible.
(c) Billy is illiterate.
(d) From a weather guide.

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

4. To what attribute does Captain Vere's nickname refer to?
(a) His aloofness.
(b) His temper.
(c) His daydreaming.
(d) His moodswings.

5. What does the man offer to Billy in exchange for his participation in a plan?
(a) Money.
(b) Food.
(c) Power.
(d) Women.

6. Who does Billy Budd seek guidance from, in regards to the potential mutiny?
(a) Squeak.
(b) Claggart.
(c) Dansker.
(d) Captain Vere.

7. What elements of ship's life are mirrored in the world outside the ship?
(a) People only obey when forced to do so.
(b) Terror rules the masses.
(c) Storms are balanced with calm days.
(d) Life is unfair.

8. What does Andrew Marvell create that commemorates Captain Vere?
(a) A medallion.
(b) A poem.
(c) A sculpture.
(d) A bawdy tavern song.

9. Which character does Squeak create lies about?
(a) Claggart.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) Captain Vere.
(d) Billy.

10. What interesting item does Captain Vere always bring aboard ship when he returns from land?
(a) Books.
(b) Paintings.
(c) Women.
(d) Fruit.

11. What is Billy's one weakness?
(a) He drinks.
(b) He stutters.
(c) He gets seasick during rough weather.
(d) He loves women.

12. What does Claggart use as a reason to justify tormenting Billy Budd?
(a) Dansker's reports to Claggart.
(b) Billy Budd's good looks.
(c) Billy Budd's torment of Squeak.
(d) The spilled soup incident.

13. In what year does Billy Budd's story take place?
(a) 1797.
(b) 1597.
(c) 1679.
(d) 1879.

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

15. Who is Billy Budd?
(a) A thief and troublemaker.
(b) The captain of the HMS Bellipotent.
(c) A young fair-skinned, blue eyed foretopman.
(d) A young native African who dresses in colorful clothes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character is killed at the Battle of Trafalgar?

2. What is Billy Budd worried will happen to him if he tells the Captain about the potential mutiny?

3. What does the narrator explain is the true nature of the relationship between Billy Budd and John Claggart?

4. Where does the one sailor that does not like Billy Budd stick a knife on Billy's body?

5. What is the nickname for a sailor who is good-looking and a great leader?

(see the answer keys)

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