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

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

3. Why does Billy hesitate when asked about his knowledge of a potential insurrection?
(a) He feels guilty about his involvement.
(b) He fears the afterguardsman kills him.
(c) He does not want to tattle on a fellow crew member.
(d) He is afraid he stutters.

4. Where are the real events that occur on the Bellipotent recorded?
(a) In top secret naval records.
(b) In the chaplain's diary.
(c) In Captain Vere's diary.
(d) In the memories of those who witness them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is allowed to communicate with Billy in chapter 23?

2. Which other characters has odd weather changes occur during his death?

3. What hits Captain Vere in chapter 28?

4. Which two characters begin to suspect Billy of wrongdoing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What irony is evident in the nature of Captain Vere's death?

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

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

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

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

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