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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. How does Billy respond to the man's bribe?
(a) He is saddened.
(b) He is intrigued.
(c) He is outraged.
(d) He is excited.

2. What does Billy Budd swear after witnessing the punishment of the young sailor?
(a) That he will never find himself in that position.
(b) That he will punish the punishers.
(c) That he will one day become a punisher.
(d) That he will save the young sailor.

3. What does the sailor in chapter 14 want Billy to join?
(a) A mutiny.
(b) His ministry.
(c) A chess club.
(d) A special forces troop.

4. After the introduction of sailor mutinies, what is the next technological advance that the narrator reflects on?
(a) Cannons.
(b) Bayonettes.
(c) Gunpowder.
(d) Bullets.

5. What is Billy's reaction to his new assignment to join the King's fleet?
(a) He is upset.
(b) He is terrified.
(c) He is apathetic.
(d) He is thrilled.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson killed?

2. What does Andrew Marvell create that commemorates Captain Vere?

3. Which mutiny is discussed in chapter five?

4. What Greek god is Billy continually compared to?

5. What does the narrator claim is the most dangerous part of Claggart's evil?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the sailors of the Bellipotent honor Billy's memory?

2. What acts do the sailors complete in remembrance of Billy Budd?

3. What generalizations does the narrator make about the mentality of sailors, especially in regards to their distrust of others?

4. How does deception destroy both Claggart and Billy?

5. What does the narrator explain to the reader about Claggart's character and soul?

6. How is John Claggart physically described?

7. Describe Billy's funeral.

8. Who is Squeak, and what purpose does he serve?

9. How is Billy Budd's body disposed of after his execution?

10. What is the significance of the seagulls that are attracted to Billy's burial?

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