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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. Who is a part of the drumhead court in chapter 21?
2. Where is Billy buried?
3. How does Billy respond to Claggart's accusation?
4. Which two characters begin to suspect Billy of wrongdoing?
5. Where is Captain Vere taken after he is wounded?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of Captain Vere's last words?
2. How does Melville explain the trusting nature of most sailors?
3. Why does Billy cry out "God bless Captain Vere!" moments before his execution?
4. Describe the drumhead court that convenes in chapter 21.
5. How is Billy like a sacrificial lamb?
6. Why does Captain Vere insist that the drumhead court render judgment according to the Mutiny Act?
7. How does Melville compare Billy's death to Jesus' crucifixion?
8. What irony is evident in the nature of Captain Vere's death?
9. What misgivings do the surgeon and the other officers have about Billy's impending trial?
10. What explanation does Billy give for being called to the captain's cabin in chapter 19?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is a "cat's paw" and which characters represent this analogy? Why does Claggart choose to use a "cat's paw" instead of dealing with Billy himself? How does the use of the "cat's paw" backfire on Claggart?
Essay Topic 2
What role does the fear of mutiny play in the novel? How does the fear of mutiny affect discipline on board 18th century British ships? Describe two forms of discipline utilized on board ships in the 18th century and indicate the strengths and weaknesses of each form of discipline.
Essay Topic 3
How is supernatural symbolism used throughout the novel? When Captain Vere presents Billy to the crew as a murderer, how do the supernatural symbols present during Billy's execution and burial contradict the captain's claims? How is supernatural symbolism used to honor Billy's memory and preserve the truth?
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