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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the chaplain feel is better than religion for facing judgment?
(a) Hope.
(b) Truth.
(c) Peace.
(d) Innocence.

2. Why doesn't the chaplain try to intervene on Billy's behalf?
(a) Military law is more powerful than his religious influence.
(b) He feels that Billy deserves punishment.
(c) He is afraid of the captain.
(d) Because Billy does not talk to him.

3. To which biblical figure does Melville compare Claggart?
(a) A Pharisee.
(b) Judas.
(c) Jesus.
(d) Peter.

4. Why does the crew assemble together in chapter 25?
(a) To witness a keelhauling.
(b) To witness an execution.
(c) To witness a flogging.
(d) To protest Billy's punishment.

5. To what does Melville attribute the general attitude of most sailors?
(a) They must assume control of their lives at an early age.
(b) Their lives are always controlled.
(c) Living in close quarters warps a person's character.
(d) The sea attacts the worst types of individuals.

6. Where is Billy taken in chapter 19?
(a) The captain's cabin.
(b) The kitchen.
(c) Offshore.
(d) The brig.

7. In chapter 25, what does the crew cry in unison?
(a) "God bless Captain Vere!"
(b) "Handsomely done, my lad!"
(c) "Let him go!"
(d) "Handsome is as handsome does it, too!"

8. Which two characters begin to suspect Billy of wrongdoing?
(a) Captain Vere and the master-at-arms.
(b) The master-at-arms and the chief mate.
(c) The armorer and the captain of the hold.
(d) The chief mate and the bosun.

9. Who is allowed to communicate with Billy in chapter 23?
(a) The chaplain.
(b) The Dansker.
(c) Red Whiskers.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

10. Who encourages the court to consider the death penalty during Billy's trial?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) The captain of marines.
(c) The master-at-arms.
(d) The first lieutenant

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

12. What does Captain Vere tell his crew in chapter 23?
(a) A sailor is executed for murdering the master-at-arms.
(b) Billy Budd is murdered.
(c) The admiral is on board for a surprise inspection.
(d) Billy Budd jumps overboard.

13. What penalty does the court consider for Billy in chapter 22?
(a) Keelhauling.
(b) Flogging.
(c) Confinement.
(d) Death.

14. According to the article about the Bellipotent, how is John Claggart murdered?
(a) He is hit by Billy Budd.
(b) He is strangled by Billy Budd.
(c) He is stabbed by Billy Budd.
(d) He is poisoned by Billy Budd.

15. What is attributed to will power in chapter 26?
(a) The captain's decision to proceed with Billy's punishment.
(b) A man's decision to witness death and stay on board.
(c) The admiral's decision to proceed with Billy's punishment.
(d) The lack of death spasm in Billy's body.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the crew of the Bellipotent save pieces of the sacred item?

2. To what famous item does Melville compare the sacred item from the Bellipotent?

3. How does Meville characterize Billy?

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

5. How does Captain Vere appear after he leaves Billy in chapter 22?

(see the answer keys)

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