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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which character is known for his malicious envy?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Billy Budd.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) John Claggart.

2. What is Billy's one weakness?
(a) He stutters.
(b) He loves women.
(c) He gets seasick during rough weather.
(d) He drinks.

3. Who causes the uncomfortable incident in chapter 10?
(a) Red Whiskers.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) Billy.
(d) Claggart.

4. Which character is described in chapter 11 as being "down" on Billy?
(a) The Dansker.
(b) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) Captain Vere.

5. In chapter 14, how does Billy react to the sailor's request?
(a) He is frightened.
(b) He is curious.
(c) He is excited.
(d) He is angry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is responsible for the tricks being played on Billy?

2. Which character is considered by others to be the most attractive in every aspect?

3. Which types of books does Captain Vere prefer?

4. What one item changes the face of warfare?

5. Which mutiny is discussed in chapter five?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Billy's one flaw?

2. What does Claggart mean when he says, "Handsomely done, my lad! And handsome is as handsome does it, too!" ?

3. Why is Claggart "down" on Billy?

4. How does Billy's threat of physical force when confronted by the afterguardsman foreshadow his downfall?

5. What changes the face of naval warfare in the 18th century?

6. Who is the afterguardsman?

7. What is a mutiny?

8. What is a "Handsome Sailor"?

9. Who is Squeak?

10. How does Melville contrast Billy and Claggart's characters?

(see the answer keys)

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