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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. In chapter 14, what does Billy say to the sailor?
(a) He whispers his consent.
(b) He screams in anger.
(c) He whoops and shouts for joy.
(d) He stutters a refusal.

2. Who is Billy's father?
(a) Captain Graveling.
(b) He is a foundling, and doesn't know his father.
(c) George Budd, a merchant sailor.
(d) Captain Bligh.

3. When does the incident in chapter 10 occur?
(a) Midnight.
(b) Breakfast.
(c) Evening.
(d) Lunchtime.

4. In chapter four, which sailor is hailed as the greatest of all time?
(a) Captain Vere.
(b) Captain Graveling.
(c) Admiral Nelson.
(d) Captain Bligh.

5. How does Claggart respond to the incident in chapter 10?
(a) "Handsomely done, my lad!"
(b) "The fates are agin' us!"
(c) He is silent.
(d) "You fool!"

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Billy reprimanded in chapter nine?

2. Which character does Squeak create lies about?

3. Which act does Claggart believe is an intentional attempt to offend him?

4. Which Captain is involved in the mutiny at Nore?

5. Why does Melville claim that certain men are morally depraved?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the scourging affect Billy?

2. Who is Squeak?

3. What is Captain Vere's favorite hobby?

4. What is a "Handsome Sailor"?

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

6. Why is Claggart "down" on Billy?

7. How do the officers aboard the Bellipotent view Captain Vere?

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

9. Describe Captain Vere.

10. Describe Billy Budd.

(see the answer keys)

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