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Billy Budd

Billy Budd


by Herman Melville

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Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Billy Budd? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is true about Billy’s origins?

He was born of noble birth
He was born to peasants
He was found in a basket
He was formed from a gob of primordial ooze
Q. What nervous tic does Billy have?

He has a stutter
He shuffles his feet
He shouts, “Good Lordy, am I nervous!” on a fairly regular basis
He blinks his right eye
He taps his chest
Q. What can Captain Vere often be found doing?

Looking in his mirror
Sewing his own clothing
Reading a book
Bungee jumping from the crow’s nest
Q. How does Claggart feel about Billy?

He thinks he’s the nicest man he’s ever met
He strongly dislikes him
He thinks he’s great. Really, really great. For him to poop on!
Q. With what does an afterguard ask Billy to assist him?

Getting Claggart booted off the ship
A mutiny against the Captain
Tracking down one of the seasickness bags
Locating a treasure