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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. How is Billy's body prepared for burial?
(a) It is wrapped in his hammock.
(b) It is placed in a pine box.
(c) It is stuffed into a canvas sack.
(d) It is wrapped in the torn topsail.

2. How does Meville characterize Billy?
(a) Angry and vengeful.
(b) Deceptive and untrustworthy.
(c) Innocent and child-like.
(d) Fearful and timid.

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

4. Who tells Billy of his sentence?
(a) The valet.
(b) The admiral.
(c) Captain Vere.
(d) Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

5. How does Billy die?
(a) He is shot.
(b) He is hung.
(c) He bleeds to death.
(d) He walks the plank.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what do most of the crew attribute the odd circumstances surrounding Billy's death?

2. What concerns the officers in chapter 20?

3. How does Billy react to his impending doom?

4. In chapter 16, what does Billy refuse to believe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Claggart's funeral.

3. How does Captain Vere explain Billy's execution to the crew?

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

5. How is Billy like a sacrificial lamb?

6. Why are the events on the Bellipotent distorted in the naval chronicle?

7. What is unusual about Billy's death?

8. How does Melville explain the trusting nature of most sailors?

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

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

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