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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. Who prepares Billy's body for burial?
(a) The sailors on deck.
(b) Members of the drumhead court.
(c) The chaplain.
(d) Captain Vere.

2. To which biblical figure does Melville compare Claggart?
(a) Jesus.
(b) Judas.
(c) A Pharisee.
(d) Peter.

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 is afraid he stutters.
(d) He does not want to tattle on a fellow crew member.

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

5. Which two characters begin to suspect Billy of wrongdoing?
(a) The master-at-arms and the chief mate.
(b) The armorer and the captain of the hold.
(c) The chief mate and the bosun.
(d) Captain Vere and the master-at-arms.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the crew of the Bellipotent save pieces of the sacred item?

3. What concerns the officers in chapter 20?

4. Where is Billy buried?

5. How does the article about the Bellipotent view Billy's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What accusation does Claggart bring against Billy?

(see the answer keys)

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