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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. What is the nickname that Captain Vere is given by his sailors?
(a) Windy Vere.
(b) Starry Vere.
(c) Snowy Vere.
(d) Sunny Vere.

2. Which two characters are contrasted in chapter 12?
(a) Billy and Claggart.
(b) The Dansker and Red Whiskers.
(c) Captain Vere and Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) Captain Vere and Claggart.

3. To what does the narrator suggest the reader should turn to in the hopes of understanding Claggart's character?
(a) The Bible.
(b) The earth.
(c) The sea.
(d) The stars.

4. What does Billy inadvertently spill on Claggart in the mess hall?
(a) Soup.
(b) Beer.
(c) Grog.
(d) Gruel.

5. Who does Dansker say is behind the potential mutiny?
(a) Claggart.
(b) Billy Budd.
(c) Captain Vere.
(d) Squeak.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when Billy Budd thinks that he recognizes the man from the shadows?

2. How many historical mutinies does the narrator tell the reader about?

3. What does the narrator claim these new technologies in battle lead to?

4. How does Billy compare in experience to the other sailors aboard "The Bellipotent"?

5. In what year does Billy Budd's story take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during Captain Vere's final hours?

2. What does Dansker tell Billy about the potential mutiny?

3. Why does Captain Vere insist that the drumhead court render judgment according to the Mutiny Act?

4. What major changes does the naval authorities' version of events change in the death of John Claggart?

5. Why is Billy Budd still so confused about the potential mutiny the morning after his meeting with the mysterious man?

6. Describe Claggart's funeral.

7. What does the narrator note about Claggart as he walks away from Billy's spilled soup?

8. What accusation does Claggart bring against Billy?

9. What descriptions are given of the morning as Billy Budd is brought out to face his execution?

10. How does Melville explain moral depravity?

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