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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which types of historical figures are often compared to Billy?
(a) Greek heros.
(b) Biblical prophets.
(c) Medieval knights.
(d) Noble sailors.

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

4. Which types of books does Captain Vere prefer?
(a) Biography, History and Classical authors.
(b) Greek mythology and seafaring stories.
(c) Shakespearean dramas and Romance novels.
(d) Technical manuals and Mathematical theorems.

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

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

7. How old is Billy?
(a) 21.
(b) 16.
(c) 28.
(d) 17.

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

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

10. What decoration marks the Victory's quarterdeck?
(a) An albatross.
(b) A crescent moon.
(c) A medallion.
(d) A star.

11. Which famous character does the Victory's quarterdeck decoration commemorate?
(a) Admiral Nelson.
(b) Captain Bligh.
(c) Captain Graveling.
(d) Captain Vere.

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

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

14. What is Captain Vere cited for in West Indian waters?
(a) Piracy.
(b) Cruelty.
(c) Valor.
(d) Gallantry.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which naval ship does Billy serve on?

2. What is Billy's one weakness?

3. Who is Squeak?

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

5. What uncomfortable incident occurs in chapter 10?

(see the answer keys)

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