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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. Why does Melville claim that certain men are morally depraved?
(a) Because they are not entirely sane.
(b) Because they are forced into depravity by their living conditions.
(c) Because cruel treatment breeds cruelty.
(d) Because their licentious behavior makes them depraved.

2. Which character is known for his cheerful disposition?
(a) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(b) Billy Budd.
(c) John Claggart.
(d) Captain Vere.

3. Which famous character does the Victory's quarterdeck decoration commemorate?
(a) Captain Bligh.
(b) Admiral Nelson.
(c) Captain Vere.
(d) Captain Graveling.

4. Which Captain is involved in the mutiny at Nore?
(a) Captain Budd.
(b) Captain Vere.
(c) Captain Bligh.
(d) Captain Graveling.

5. Who is Red Whiskers?
(a) The Captain of the HMS Bellipotent.
(b) The ship's cat.
(c) Billy's big, shaggy red-haired friend.
(d) The Captain of the Rights-of-Man

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which mutiny is discussed in chapter five?

3. Who is Billy's father?

4. How does the sailor Billy threatened in chapter 14 react to Billy in chapter 15?

5. When does the incident in chapter 10 occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the scourging affect Billy?

2. What advice does the Dansker give Billy about his confrontation with the afterguardsman?

3. What is a mutiny?

4. How does the social climate on board a ship compare to the social climate on land?

5. Describe Billy Budd.

6. How do the sailors on board the Bellipotent view John Claggart?

7. What is Captain Vere's favorite hobby?

8. Describe Billy's background.

9. Who is Squeak?

10. Why is Claggart "down" on Billy?

(see the answer keys)

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