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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 does the Bellipotent chase in chapter 18?
(a) An enemy merchant ship.
(b) A school of dolphins.
(c) An albatross.
(d) An enemy frigate.

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

3. How does the chase in chapter 18 end?
(a) The frigate escapes.
(b) The merchant ship surrenders.
(c) The dolphins submerge.
(d) The albatross lands on the topmast.

4. Where is Captain Vere taken after he is wounded?
(a) To the crow's nest.
(b) To the galley.
(c) To shore.
(d) To his stateroom.

5. What is a drumhead court?
(a) A formal legal hearing in the presence of an admiral.
(b) Slang for a mob.
(c) An informal legal hearing held at sea.
(d) Slang for a meeting in the captain's quarters.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Melville, what makes sailors different from non-sailors?

2. What event occurs after Billy's funeral?

3. What astonishes Captain Vere about the report he receives in chapter 18?

4. Where does Captain Vere send Billy after Claggart's death?

5. Where are the real events that occur on the Bellipotent recorded?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What accusation does Claggart bring against Billy?

4. How does Melville compare religion to righteous living?

5. What is unusual about Billy's death?

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

7. Why isn't the chaplain worried about Billy's impending judgment?

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

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

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

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