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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

7. In chapter 14, what does Billy say to the sailor?
(a) He screams in anger.
(b) He whoops and shouts for joy.
(c) He stutters a refusal.
(d) He whispers his consent.

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

9. In chapter 15, which character appears to be conspiring to destroy Billy's character?
(a) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(b) John Claggart.
(c) The Dansker.
(d) Red Whiskers.

10. How old is Jon Claggart when he enters the Navy?
(a) 21.
(b) 35.
(c) 65.
(d) 42.

11. In chapter four, which naval commander is hailed as one of the greatest strategists of all time?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Captain Graveling.
(c) Admiral Nelson.
(d) Captain Bligh.

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

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

14. 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.

15. What is Captain Vere's favorite hobby?
(a) Chess.
(b) Reading.
(c) Sailing.
(d) Shuffleboard.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which character does Squeak create lies about?

3. What event motivates Billy to excel in his duties?

4. What does another sailor try to give Billy in chapter 14?

5. Who commands the Bellipotent in chapter six?

(see the answer keys)

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