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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are Captain Vere's last words?
(a) "Handsomely done, my lad!"
(b) "God bless Captain Vere."
(c) "Billy Budd."
(d) "Handsome is as handsome does it."

2. In the article about the Bellipotent, how is John Claggart presented?
(a) As a foreigner who is conscripted into the navy.
(b) As an honest, hard working victim.
(c) As a misunderstood officer.
(d) As a hero who discovers a mutinous plot.

3. Who is a part of the drumhead court in chapter 21?
(a) The first lieutenant, the captain of marines and the master-at-arms.
(b) The first lieutenant, the master-at-arms, and the chief mate.
(c) The chief mate, the master-at-arms, and a boatswain.
(d) The first lieutenant, the captain of marines, and the sailing master.

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

5. In the article about the Bellipotent, how is Billy Budd presented?
(a) As an honest, hard working victim.
(b) As a foreigner who is conscripted into the navy.
(c) As a misunderstood sailor.
(d) As a hero who discovers a mutinous plot.

6. What does Captain Vere tell the surgeon to call?
(a) A drumhead court.
(b) To arms.
(c) Revelry.
(d) Admiral Nelson.

7. What does the chaplain give Billy in chapter 24?
(a) A cross.
(b) A kiss on the cheek.
(c) A medal of honor.
(d) A bible.

8. What concerns the officers in chapter 20?
(a) The manner in which the captain is handling Claggart's death.
(b) The manner in which Claggart dies suddenly.
(c) The impending storms on the horizon.
(d) The morale of the crew.

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

10. When is Billy due to be executed?
(a) After a legal trial on shore.
(b) As soon as the ship lands.
(c) At midnight.
(d) In the early morning watch.

11. In chapter 23, when is the crew called together?
(a) At dogwatch.
(b) An hour before dogwatch.
(c) At sunset.
(d) An hour past dogwatch.

12. What is a drumhead court?
(a) A formal legal hearing in the presence of an admiral.
(b) Slang for a meeting in the captain's quarters.
(c) Slang for a mob.
(d) An informal legal hearing held at sea.

13. In chapter 16, what does Billy refuse to believe?
(a) That Claggart is behind the mischief that plagues him.
(b) That Captain Vere is corrupt.
(c) That the Bellipotent can sink.
(d) That Lieutenant Ratcliffe is behind the mischief that plagues him.

14. What time is dogwatch?
(a) 3:00 a.m.
(b) 6:00 p.m.
(c) 6:00 a.m.
(d) 3:00 p.m.

15. Why does the captain ask Claggart to confront Billy?
(a) Because he is afraid of Billy.
(b) Confronting Billy breaks the captain's heart.
(c) To see which man is telling the truth.
(d) To see if Claggart is brave enough for promotion.

Short Answer Questions

1. To which biblical figure does Melville compare Claggart?

2. Which two groups of people does Melville compare in chapter 16?

3. Who witnesses Billy's funeral?

4. How does the chase in chapter 18 end?

5. In chapter 18, which character does the captain consider promoting?

(see the answer keys)

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