Billy Budd
Billy Budd
by Herman Melville

Billy Budd: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz

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

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Q. Billy Budd is nothing if not a book rich in what kind of questions?


Familial
Symbolic
Religious
Sectarian
Moral and ethical
Q. As Billy is depicted, he is neither an honest nor a dishonest character. Which theme is this?


Wisdom and Knowledge
Man and the Natural World
Hate
Truth
Ambition
Q. Many of the characters in Billy Budd make decisions that have awful consequences, despite the fact that they are what?


Ill informed
Intelligent
Uneducated
Dumb
Interested
Q. At the heart of Billy Budd are two characters that are twinned mysteries. Which theme is this?


Foreignness and the Other
Truth
Philosophical Viewpoints
Wisdom and Knowledge
Morality and Ethics
Q. All characters in Billy Budd, including the villain Claggart, try to justify their behavior in terms of what?


Freedom and Confinement
Compassion
Loyalty
Ambition
Ethics

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