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

2. Why doesn't the surgeon question the captain's orders?
(a) He has great respect for the captain.
(b) Disobeying orders is mutiny.
(c) He is dim-witted and cannot see any problem.
(d) He fears the captain might shoot him.

3. What does Captain Vere tell the surgeon to call?
(a) To arms.
(b) Admiral Nelson.
(c) A drumhead court.
(d) Revelry.

4. What odd weather appears the moment of Billy's death?
(a) A green sky.
(b) A vapory fleece.
(c) Heat lightning.
(d) A rumbling storm.

5. Why doesn't the chaplain try to intervene on Billy's behalf?
(a) Because Billy does not talk to him.
(b) He feels that Billy deserves punishment.
(c) He is afraid of the captain.
(d) Military law is more powerful than his religious influence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Billy taken in chapter 19?

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

3. Where is Billy buried?

4. Who tells Billy of his sentence?

5. Which character becomes very friendly towards Billy in chapter 17?

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 misgivings do the surgeon and the other officers have about Billy's impending trial?

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

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

6. Describe Billy's funeral.

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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