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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is John Claggart buried?
(a) The isle of Mann.
(b) England.
(c) The coast of Timon.
(d) At sea.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is one explanation given for the odd nature of Billy's death?
(a) Euthanasia.
(b) Innocence.
(c) Justice.
(d) The weather.

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

9. What is "Billy in the Darbies"?
(a) An article on Billy's planned mutiny.
(b) A sculpture honoring Billy's memory.
(c) A ballad honoring Billy's memory.
(d) A painting honoring Billy's memory.

10. Who prepares Billy's body for burial?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) The sailors on deck.
(c) The chaplain.
(d) Members of the drumhead court.

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

12. How does Billy die?
(a) He walks the plank.
(b) He is hung.
(c) He is shot.
(d) He bleeds to death.

13. What odd weather appears the moment of Billy's death?
(a) A rumbling storm.
(b) A vapory fleece.
(c) Heat lightning.
(d) A green sky.

14. Where is Captain Vere taken after he is wounded?
(a) To shore.
(b) To the galley.
(c) To his stateroom.
(d) To the crow's nest.

15. To what famous item does Melville compare the sacred item from the Bellipotent?
(a) The Bible.
(b) The cross.
(c) The Star of David.
(d) The Queen's crown.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Billy cry out a moment before his punishment is carried out?

2. Who witnesses Billy's funeral?

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

4. How does Meville characterize Billy?

5. Which ship does the Bellipotent engage in chapter 28?

(see the answer keys)

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