Billy Budd Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter 18, which character does the captain consider promoting?

2. What changes about the way that the rest of the men treat Billy Budd?

3. Why does Billy hesitate when asked about his knowledge of a potential insurrection?

4. What interesting thing does the Bellipotent see approaching them on the water in Chapter 18?

5. What is unusual about Billy's death?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the final scene before Billy's execution, Melville gives Billy a final conversation with the ship's Chaplain.

Part 1. Explain the role that the chaplain has in the Billy Budd story.

Part 2. Compare / contrast the two powers of religion and innocence in the novel.

Part 3. Explain why you think Melville chose to write Billy's last conversation with a man of the cloth, even though he was not a religious character.

Essay Topic 2

There are many secondary characters in the novel who aren't brought to the forefront of the story, but have very important roles to play, nonetheless. Choose either Dankser or Squeak, explain how their character affected the progression of the novel, and discuss why you think Melville chose to keep that character in the background of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the difference between reporting illicit activities and tattling. Which factors prevent Billy from reporting the afterguardsman to the captain? What effect does not reporting the incident have on Billy's character? How might the outcome of the novel be different if Billy had chosen to report the afterguardsman to his superiors?

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