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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 16, what does Billy refuse to believe?
(a) That the Bellipotent can sink.
(b) That Captain Vere is corrupt.
(c) That Claggart is behind the mischief that plagues him.
(d) That Lieutenant Ratcliffe is behind the mischief that plagues him.

2. Who encourages the court to consider the death penalty during Billy's trial?
(a) The master-at-arms.
(b) The first lieutenant
(c) Captain Vere.
(d) The captain of marines.

3. In the article about the Bellipotent, how is Billy Budd presented?
(a) As a foreigner who is conscripted into the navy.
(b) As an honest, hard working victim.
(c) As a misunderstood sailor.
(d) As a hero who discovers a mutinous plot.

4. What is attributed to will power in chapter 26?
(a) The lack of death spasm in Billy's body.
(b) A man's decision to witness death and stay on board.
(c) The captain's decision to proceed with Billy's punishment.
(d) The admiral's decision to proceed with Billy's punishment.

5. Where does the crew assemble in chapter 25?
(a) On the shore.
(b) In the galley.
(c) On the mainyard.
(d) Below decks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What concerns the officers in chapter 20?

2. Melville compares Billy's death to the death of which other person?

3. In chapter 20, what does the surgeon want to do?

4. Why doesn't the surgeon question the captain's orders?

5. What appears to end in chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Billy cry out "God bless Captain Vere!" moments before his execution?

5. How does Billy react to Claggart's accusation?

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

7. What is ironic about Billy's impending trial?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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