Billy Budd Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What often causes a mutiny?

2. What affliction plagues Billy when he is nervous?

3. What does Andrew Marvell create that commemorates Captain Vere?

4. In what year does Billy Budd's story take place?

5. What is Billy and Claggart's relationship like before they sail together on the Bellipotent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Billy Budd witness happening to a young sailor aboard ship that has a significant impact on him?

2. What is unusual about Billy's death?

3. What happens during Captain Vere's final hours?

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

5. What descriptions are given of the morning as Billy Budd is brought out to face his execution?

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

7. Describe Billy's funeral.

8. Who is revealed as being the tormentor playing dirty tricks on Billy Budd?

9. What is Billy's one flaw?

10. What happens when the Bellipotent notices an enemy ship approaching them on the water?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

According to Melville, why are sailors more trusting than men who live on land? How does age and training relate to the trust Melville claims sailors exhibit? Why does Billy have a greater sense of trust than Claggart since both are sailors?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Billy Budd is seen as the victim to Claggart's evil ways.

Part 1. Discuss the ways that Claggart makes Billy out to be the victim.

Part 2. Explain the way that the confrontation between the two men finally ends.

Part 3. Explain how the climax of their conflict swapped the roles of the two men, changing Billy Budd's character.

Essay Topic 3

The narrator spends a lot of time building the history of the Mutiny Act that came into effect in1797.

Part 1. Give a brief history of the reasons for the induction of the Mutiny Act.

Part 2. Explain why the induction of the Mutiny Act ultimately led to Billy Budd's demise.

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