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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 are Captain Vere's last words?
(a) "God bless Captain Vere."
(b) "Handsomely done, my lad!"
(c) "Billy Budd."
(d) "Handsome is as handsome does it."

2. Which other characters has odd weather changes occur during his death?
(a) Claggart.
(b) Admiral Nelson.
(c) Captain Bligh.
(d) Jesus.

3. What excuse does Billy give for hitting Claggart?
(a) He is unable to speak.
(b) He is bi-polar.
(c) He is told to do so by the afterguardsman.
(d) Claggart threatens to kill him.

4. In chapter 20, what does the surgeon want to do?
(a) Bury Claggart at sea.
(b) Leave the ship.
(c) Have a stiff drink.
(d) Follow standard procedure.

5. How does Captain Vere treat Billy in chapter 22?
(a) He breates his behavior.
(b) He ignores Billy's presence.
(c) With compassion.
(d) With contempt.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character becomes very friendly towards Billy in chapter 17?

2. What sentence does the court render in chapter 23?

3. In chapter 25, what does the crew cry in unison?

4. Which two characters are Claggart's messmates?

5. What is one explanation given for the odd nature of Billy's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What accusation does Claggart bring against Billy?

2. What is unusual about Billy's death?

3. How does Melville explain the trusting nature of most sailors?

4. How does Captain Vere explain Billy's execution to the crew?

5. How does Captain Vere view Billy before the foretopman is confronted with the accusation of mutiny?

6. How does Claggart's expression begin to betray his feelings in chapter 17?

7. Why does Billy refuse to believe that Claggart is orchestrating the events that are plaguing him?

8. What religious event compares to Billy's funeral?

9. Describe Claggart's funeral.

10. Why doesn't Billy confront the afterguardsman or Claggart about any of the incidents that occurs?

(see the answer keys)

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