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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. Where is Billy confined in chapter 24?
(a) Between two guns.
(b) In the captain's stateroom.
(c) In the brig.
(d) In the cargo hold.

2. When is Billy due to be executed?
(a) After a legal trial on shore.
(b) At midnight.
(c) In the early morning watch.
(d) As soon as the ship lands.

3. Where is Billy buried?
(a) On the Isle of Mann.
(b) On the shores of Timor.
(c) In England.
(d) At sea.

4. What is standard procedure in the event of a suspected murder at sea?
(a) Confine the accused and contact the admiral.
(b) Ice the victim and flog the accused.
(c) Allow the crew to deal with the accused.
(d) Call a court of officers, render and carry out judgement.

5. Whom do the officers want to contact?
(a) The captain.
(b) The Queen.
(c) The master-at-arms.
(d) The admiral.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the chaplain feel is better than religion for facing judgment?

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

3. Why doesn't the chaplain try to intervene on Billy's behalf?

4. What concerns the surgeon in chapter 20?

5. What hits Captain Vere in chapter 28?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the drumhead court that convenes in chapter 21.

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

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

4. How does Melville compare Billy's death to Jesus' crucifixion?

5. What is unusual about Billy's death?

6. What is the significance of Captain Vere's last words?

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

8. What explanations are given for the odd nature of Billy's death?

9. How does Melville compare religion to righteous living?

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

(see the answer keys)

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