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Billy Budd

Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

Billy Budd: Themes (For the Most Part) True or False

1. Billy Budd is nothing if not a book rich in what kind of questions?→Moral and ethical
2. As Billy is depicted, he is neither an honest nor a dishonest character. Which theme is this?→Man and the Natural World
3. Many of the characters in Billy Budd make decisions that have awful consequences, despite the fact that they are what?→Dumb
4. At the heart of Billy Budd are two characters that are twinned mysteries. Which theme is this?→Foreignness and the Other
5. All characters in Billy Budd, including the villain Claggart, try to justify their behavior in terms of what?→Freedom and Confinement

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