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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. To what does the narrator compare Billy's grasp of religion?
2. How does Captain Vere die?
3. What instrument is used to signal to the sailors that the execution is over?
4. What does the Captain say in response to Billy's recounting of the events?
5. How do the lieutenants signal to the place that once held Billy's body?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrator makes many statements about the way that sailors are taught to think as a group, and not as individuals. Explain the ways that the sailors aboard this ship exemplified the narrator's descriptions, and contrast that with the ways that Billy Budd fought against it.
Essay Topic 2
How does Melville demonstrate the contrast between good and evil? Which characters and actions are used to represent good and evil? How is the war between good and evil represented in the novel? What affect does this war have on the characters?
Essay Topic 3
Claggart is often referred to in the text as being completely evil, working tirelessly to bring into fruition Billy Budd's demise.
Part 1. Describe the characteristics or actions that Claggart is given that support his comparisons to pure evil.
Part 2. Describe the characteristics or actions that Claggart is given that contradict his comparisons to pure evil.
Part 3. Discuss whether or not you believe comparing Claggart to pure evil is a fair, and accurate, comparison.
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