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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does John Claggart earn his promotions?
(a) He blackmails his superiors.
(b) Unbeknownst to the crew, he is related to the captian.
(c) Through his exemplary behavior and austere patriotism.
(d) Through a series of bribes.

9. Which character is described in chapter 11 as being "down" on Billy?
(a) The Dansker.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) Captain Vere.
(d) John Claggart.

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

11. What uncomfortable incident occurs in chapter 10?
(a) The entire crew is disciplined for one sailor's error.
(b) Soup is spilled when the ship lurches.
(c) An empty bucket rolls down the gangplank and hits the captain.
(d) The topsail rips in a sudden gust of wind.

12. Who causes the uncomfortable incident in chapter 10?
(a) Red Whiskers.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) Claggart.
(d) Billy.

13. What does Billy never do before?
(a) Tell a lie.
(b) Be associated with evil.
(c) Swim.
(d) Speak to the captain.

14. What causes Billy to lose his voice on occasion?
(a) Illness.
(b) An odd genetic malfunction.
(c) Fear.
(d) Stress.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Which country is described as ruling the seas?

4. When does the incident in chapter 10 occur?

5. In chapter 15, which character appears to be conspiring to destroy Billy's character?

(see the answer keys)

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