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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Captain Vere send Billy after Claggart's death?
(a) To a stateroom.
(b) To the brig.
(c) To the kitchen.
(d) To the crow's nest.

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

3. The sailors are called to hear the announcement from the Captain during which interestingly named shift?
(a) The whalewatch.
(b) The monkeywatch.
(c) The birdwatch.
(d) The dogwatch.

4. Who visits Billy in chapter 24?
(a) The Dansker.
(b) The chaplain.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) Red Whiskers.

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

6. How does Melville characterize sailors in general?
(a) Lazy and stupid.
(b) Childlike and trusting.
(c) Deceptive and vicious.
(d) Irritable and aggressive.

7. When Claggart and Billy speak in Chapter 17, which of the following best describes the words that Claggart gives Billy?
(a) Saddened.
(b) Admiring.
(c) Kind.
(d) Threatening.

8. How does the narrator imagine that Billy Budd takes the news of his impending death?
(a) With anger.
(b) With tears.
(c) With nobility.
(d) With confusion.

9. What does the final rendition of Billy Budd's life and death, as accepted by the naval authorities, state about Billy Budd's heritage?
(a) That he was no Englishman.
(b) That he was a disgraced Spaniard.
(c) That he was a disgraced Englishman.
(d) That he was a prime example of an Englishman.

10. Why do the sailors begin to gossip about what is happening in the Captain's cabin?
(a) Because they could overhear bits of what the Captain was saying.
(b) Because they all saw Billy murder Claggart.
(c) Because the Captain has been inside for so long.
(d) Because when the court was dismissed, they told the sailors to brace themselves.

11. What are Billy Budd's final words?
(a) "A curse upon you, Captain Vere!"
(b) "The Lord be with you, Captain Vere!"
(c) "God bless you, Captain Vere!"
(d) "Long live Captain Vere!"

12. Where is Claggart's body buried?
(a) In the bottom of the boat.
(b) At sea.
(c) It is not buried, it is burned.
(d) On a small island.

13. What item from the Bellipotent becomes sacred to the crew?
(a) The torn topsail.
(b) The jib.
(c) The spar.
(d) The medallion.

14. What punishment does the Captain dole out to Billy Budd in response to the murder of Claggart?
(a) Starvation.
(b) Excommunication.
(c) Heavy labor.
(d) Execution.

15. 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) Because Billy does not talk to him.
(d) He is afraid of the captain.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which animals appear at Billy's funeral?

2. What artifact do the sailors break down and keep in remembrance of Billy Budd?

3. With whom do the other sailors agree with over Billy Budd's punishment?

4. In the article about the Bellipotent, how is Billy Budd presented?

5. How is Billy's body prepared for burial?

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