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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 does Billy respond to Claggart's accusation?
(a) He faints.
(b) He screams obscenities.
(c) He stutters.
(d) He hits him.

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

3. Melville compares Billy's death to the death of which other person?
(a) Admiral Nelson.
(b) Claggart.
(c) Captain Bligh.
(d) Jesus.

4. Who is the only witness in the trial?
(a) Billy Budd.
(b) The valet.
(c) Claggart.
(d) The captain.

5. Which two characters are Claggart's messmates?
(a) Captain Vere and the master-at-arms.
(b) The armorer and the captain of the hold.
(c) The master-at-arms and the chief mate.
(d) The chief mate and the bosun.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Melville characterize sailors in general?

3. What does the chaplain feel is better than religion for facing judgment?

4. What odd weather appears the moment of Billy's death?

5. Where does the crew assemble in chapter 25?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What accusation does Claggart bring against Billy?

8. How does Melville compare religion to righteous living?

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

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

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