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Billy Budd

Short Answer Quiz

  1. How does the story of the Nore Mutiny affect Captain Vere’s decisions regarding Billy Budd?

  1. Why does the narrator call Billy Budd "little more than a sort of upright barbarian"?

  1. According to the narrator, why might Claggart resent Billy Budd so deeply?

  1. What argument does Vere give to the tribunal that Billy’s case should be judged on martial law rather than "natural justice"?

  1. How does the naval chronicle account of the Billy Budd event differ from the "Inside Narrative" of the story’s subtitle? What do these differences suggest about the nature of storytelling and the role of the narrator?

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