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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Billy hesitate when asked about his knowledge of a potential insurrection?
(a) He does not want to tattle on a fellow crew member.
(b) He is afraid he stutters.
(c) He fears the afterguardsman kills him.
(d) He feels guilty about his involvement.

5. What does Billy cry out a moment before his punishment is carried out?
(a) "God bless Captain Vere!"
(b) "Why has thou forsaken me?"
(c) "Be aware, all ye sinners!"
(d) "Handsomely done, my lads!"

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

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

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

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

10. Which other characters has odd weather changes occur during his death?
(a) Captain Bligh.
(b) Jesus.
(c) Claggart.
(d) Admiral Nelson.

11. How does Billy react to his impending doom?
(a) With anger.
(b) Calmly.
(c) He curses.
(d) By crying loudly.

12. What happens to Captain Vere after he is wounded?
(a) He dies.
(b) He survives, but never commands another vessel.
(c) He remains on the island.
(d) He is court-martialed.

13. Which character stares at Billy with a meditative and melancholy expression in chapter 17?
(a) The Dansker.
(b) John Claggart.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) The afterguardsman.

14. Why does the Captain feel that Billy must be punished?
(a) To prevent a mutiny.
(b) The captain is trying to cover up his own mistakes.
(c) Because Billy is a malicious murderer.
(d) Because someone must pay for Claggart's death.

15. To what do most of the crew attribute the odd circumstances surrounding Billy's death?
(a) Supernatural forces.
(b) The weather.
(c) Mythical sea creatures.
(d) No logical explanation is found.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Billy buried?

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

3. What is one explanation given for the odd nature of Billy's death?

4. What astonishes Captain Vere about the report he receives in chapter 18?

5. How does Meville characterize Billy?

(see the answer keys)

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