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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the sailor Billy threatened in chapter 14 react to Billy in chapter 15?
(a) He refuses to look Billy in the eye.
(b) He is very aggressive.
(c) He is timid.
(d) He is very friendly.

2. What is a mutiny?
(a) A traditional sailor's dance.
(b) A trial held at sea by the capain and three officers.
(c) A legal election process in which the captain of a vessel is replaced.
(d) When subordinate sailors attempt to illegally sieze control of a ship.

3. What is John Claggart's responsibility on board the ship?
(a) To plan the day's work and assign tasks to the deck crew.
(b) To maintain order on the lower gun decks.
(c) To handle the sails on the foremast.
(d) To be responsible for the ship's cargo and crew.

4. What attitude does Captain Vere gain from his studies?
(a) An air of superiority about the technical aspects of the ship.
(b) An unhealthy interest in omens and the supernatural.
(c) The penchant for waxing philosophical while on deck.
(d) Very firm convictions and a slightly pedantic outlook.

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

6. 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 they are not entirely sane.
(d) Because their licentious behavior makes them depraved.

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

8. In chapter 14, how does Billy react to the sailor's request?
(a) He is frightened.
(b) He is angry.
(c) He is excited.
(d) He is curious.

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

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

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

12. Which character is considered by others to be the most attractive in every aspect?
(a) Billy Budd.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) John Claggart.

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

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

15. Which character is known for this neat, careful dress?
(a) Billy Budd.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which mutiny is referred to as "the Great Mutiny"?

2. Where does the first recorded mutiny of the British Navy occur?

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

4. What one item changes the face of warfare?

5. What is a possible cause for Claggart's behavior towards Billy?

(see the answer keys)

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