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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Which act does Claggart believe is an intentional attempt to offend him?
(a) The scourging.
(b) The rolled bucket.
(c) The spilled soup.
(d) The ripped topsail.

5. Which two characters are contrasted in chapter 12?
(a) Captain Vere and Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(b) Captain Vere and Claggart.
(c) The Dansker and Red Whiskers.
(d) Billy and Claggart.

6. How is discipline maintained on the Bellipotent?
(a) Strictly, but with fair consideration to the welfare of the sailors.
(b) In a relaxed fashion, almost too relaxed for Admiral Nelson.
(c) Through a monetary system of rewards and penalties.
(d) With unnecessary cruelty.

7. Which battle does the Victory's quarterdeck decoration commemorate?
(a) Timor.
(b) Nore.
(c) Trafalgar.
(d) Spithead.

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

9. Which Captain is involved in the mutiny at Nore?
(a) Captain Budd.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) Captain Bligh.
(d) Captain Graveling.

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

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

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

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

14. What is Captain Vere's nickname?
(a) Verdi.
(b) Gentleman Vere.
(c) The Stalwart.
(d) Starry Vere.

15. Which character is known for his malicious envy?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) John Claggart.
(c) Billy Budd.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Billy never do before?

3. Who is Billy's father?

4. In chapter two, how does Billy react to his new shipmates?

5. Which types of books does Captain Vere prefer?

(see the answer keys)

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