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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Who encourages the court to consider the death penalty during Billy's trial?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) The first lieutenant
(c) The captain of marines.
(d) The master-at-arms.
2. To what does Melville attribute the general attitude of most sailors?
(a) They must assume control of their lives at an early age.
(b) Living in close quarters warps a person's character.
(c) The sea attacts the worst types of individuals.
(d) Their lives are always controlled.
3. How does Melville characterize sailors in general?
(a) Irritable and aggressive.
(b) Lazy and stupid.
(c) Deceptive and vicious.
(d) Childlike and trusting.
4. How does Captain Vere appear after he leaves Billy in chapter 22?
(c) Resigned to fate.
5. Melville compares Billy's death to the death of which other person?
(a) Captain Bligh.
(d) Admiral Nelson.
6. What sentence does the court render in chapter 23?
7. In the article about the Bellipotent, how is Billy Budd presented?
(a) As a foreigner who is conscripted into the navy.
(b) As a misunderstood sailor.
(c) As a hero who discovers a mutinous plot.
(d) As an honest, hard working victim.
8. In the article about the Bellipotent, how is John Claggart presented?
(a) As an honest, hard working victim.
(b) As a hero who discovers a mutinous plot.
(c) As a foreigner who is conscripted into the navy.
(d) As a misunderstood officer.
9. Why does the Captain feel that Billy must be punished?
(a) The captain is trying to cover up his own mistakes.
(b) Because Billy is a malicious murderer.
(c) To prevent a mutiny.
(d) Because someone must pay for Claggart's death.
10. Why does the crew assemble together in chapter 25?
(a) To witness an execution.
(b) To protest Billy's punishment.
(c) To witness a flogging.
(d) To witness a keelhauling.
11. In chapter 18, which character does the captain consider promoting?
(a) John Claggart.
(b) The Dansker.
(c) Billy Budd.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
12. What does the chaplain give Billy in chapter 24?
(a) A bible.
(b) A cross.
(c) A medal of honor.
(d) A kiss on the cheek.
13. 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 wrapped in his hammock.
(d) It is stuffed into a canvas sack.
14. What is attributed to will power in chapter 26?
(a) The lack of death spasm in Billy's body.
(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 captain's decision to proceed with Billy's punishment.
15. How does Billy respond to Claggart's accusation?
(a) He hits him.
(b) He faints.
(c) He screams obscenities.
(d) He stutters.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is unusual about Billy's death?
2. What is one explanation given for the odd nature of Billy's death?
3. Which character stares at Billy with a meditative and melancholy expression in chapter 17?
4. What happens to Captain Vere after he is wounded?
5. According to the article about the Bellipotent, how is John Claggart murdered?
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