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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 25, what does the crew cry in unison?
(a) "Let him go!"
(b) "Handsomely done, my lad!"
(c) "God bless Captain Vere!"
(d) "Handsome is as handsome does it, too!"

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

3. Which character is the hammock-boy sent to find in chapter 18?
(a) Billy Budd.
(b) The Dansker.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) John Claggart.

4. Who visits Billy in chapter 24?
(a) The Dansker.
(b) The chaplain.
(c) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.
(d) Red Whiskers.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the chaplain give Billy in chapter 24?

3. Why does the crew assemble together in chapter 25?

4. What is "Billy in the Darbies"?

5. Who is a part of the drumhead court in chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the events that occur on the Bellipotent distorted on land?

2. How does Melville compare the politics that surround Billy's case with Jesus' trial?

3. How is Billy like a sacrificial lamb?

4. What explanation does Billy give for being called to the captain's cabin in chapter 19?

5. Describe Billy's funeral.

6. Why does Captain Vere feel it necessary to deliver the court's verdict to Billy personally?

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

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

9. What misgivings do the surgeon and the other officers have about Billy's impending trial?

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

(see the answer keys)

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