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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Meville characterize Billy?
(a) Fearful and timid.
(b) Angry and vengeful.
(c) Deceptive and untrustworthy.
(d) Innocent and child-like.

2. What appears to end in chapter 17?
(a) The dirty tricks.
(b) The journey.
(c) The storm.
(d) Billy and Claggart's friendship.

3. How does Billy respond to Claggart's accusation?
(a) He faints.
(b) He stutters.
(c) He screams obscenities.
(d) He hits him.

4. Which character is the hammock-boy sent to find in chapter 18?
(a) Billy Budd.
(b) The Dansker.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

5. How does Captain Vere treat Billy in chapter 22?
(a) With compassion.
(b) He ignores Billy's presence.
(c) With contempt.
(d) He breates his behavior.

6. What is unusual about Billy's death?
(a) His body does not spasm.
(b) He dies smiling.
(c) His eyes do not close.
(d) His hair turns completely white.

7. Where does Captain Vere send Billy after Claggart's death?
(a) To a stateroom.
(b) To the kitchen.
(c) To the brig.
(d) To the crow's nest.

8. Whom do the officers want to contact?
(a) The admiral.
(b) The Queen.
(c) The master-at-arms.
(d) The captain.

9. Where are the real events that occur on the Bellipotent recorded?
(a) In the chaplain's diary.
(b) In top secret naval records.
(c) In the memories of those who witness them.
(d) In Captain Vere's diary.

10. How does the chase in chapter 18 end?
(a) The dolphins submerge.
(b) The frigate escapes.
(c) The albatross lands on the topmast.
(d) The merchant ship surrenders.

11. Why doesn't the surgeon question the captain's orders?
(a) He fears the captain might shoot him.
(b) He has great respect for the captain.
(c) He is dim-witted and cannot see any problem.
(d) Disobeying orders is mutiny.

12. In chapter 18, which character does the captain consider promoting?
(a) Billy Budd.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) The Dansker.

13. Where does the crew assemble in chapter 25?
(a) On the mainyard.
(b) On the shore.
(c) In the galley.
(d) Below decks.

14. How is Billy's body prepared for burial?
(a) It is stuffed into a canvas sack.
(b) It is wrapped in his hammock.
(c) It is placed in a pine box.
(d) It is wrapped in the torn topsail.

15. In chapter 20, what does the surgeon want to do?
(a) Leave the ship.
(b) Follow standard procedure.
(c) Have a stiff drink.
(d) Bury Claggart at sea.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who witnesses Billy's funeral?

2. Why does Billy hesitate when asked about his knowledge of a potential insurrection?

3. What does Captain Vere tell his crew in chapter 23?

4. What does one of Billy's fellow sailors create as a tribute to his fallen shipmate?

5. Why does the Captain feel that Billy must be punished?

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