Far from the Madding Crowd Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Bathsheba attending to when Mr. Boldwood first calls on her in Chapter 19?

2. For whom does Bathsheba tell Liddy she bought a Valentine in Chapter 13?

3. Whom does Bathsheba send away to the lower mead so that she can speak to Gabriel alone in Chapter 20?

4. How many sheep has Gabriel Oak stocked his farm with in the past year, according to the narrator in Chapter 2?

5. Whom does Mr. Boldwood come to inquire about at Bathsheba's home in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Bathsheba fired her bailiff in Chapter 10? Why is this a significant act?

2. What reaction does Mr. Boldwood have to the Valentine’s Day card he’s received in Chapter 14?

3. How does Mr. Boldwood derive the anonymous sender of the Valentine in Chapter 15?

4. What leads Mr. Boldwood to follow Gabriel Oak in Chapter 14?

5. Where is Fanny Robin when her character appears in Chapter 11? What is she doing?

6. Where does Bathsheba first meet Sergeant Troy in Chapter 24? What are her impressions of him?

7. What activity is Bathsheba involved in when Mr. Boldwood first comes to court her in Chapter 19? Where do they speak?

8. To whom does Bathsheba write a letter in Chapter 30? What is revealed in the letter?

9. Why does Bathsheba send a Valentine’s Day card to Mr. Boldwood in Chapter 13? What does the card say?

10. What leads to the conflict between Bathsheba and Gabriel in Chapter 29?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the character of Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd. How old is Gabriel when his character is first introduced? Why do you think the author introduces Gabriel before the other characters? How does Gabriel's character evolve in the course of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the social class system of Victorian England and the systems of class seen in Far from the Madding Crowd. How does social class differ in rural England from the cities? How do the characters in the story manage to change their places within this system?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the settings of Weatherbury and Greenhill in the narrative. How large are each of these village/towns? What is the primary economy based on in these settings? How are the people and cultures described?

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