Far from the Madding Crowd Test | Final 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 does Bathsheba discover when she opens Fanny's coffin in Chapter 43?

2. Who is the surgeon who comes to see to Troy in Chapter 54?

3. Who says of Bathsheba in Chapter 53, "she's a brave girl who'll never tell a lie however much the truth may harm her, and I've no cause to wish her evil"?

4. What color silk gown is Bathsheba described as wearing while in Bath in Chapter 33?

5. Who tells William Smallbury about Troy having been seen in Chapter 53?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe the atmosphere and mood established in Chapter 52?

2. Why has a petition been addressed to the Home Secretary regarding Mr. Boldwood in Chapter 55?

3. How is Bathsheba’s behavior described in Chapter 54?

4. Where does Bathsheba learn the news of Troy’s drowning in Chapter 48? How does she respond?

5. What does the gargoyle symbolize in Chapter 46? Where is the gargoyle located?

6. What does Troy spend all of his money on in Chapter 45? Why?

7. What promotions does Gabriel Oak receive in Chapter 49?

8. What is revealed in the conversation between Gabriel and Mr. Boldwood in Chapter 38?

9. What is Troy’s response to the coffin and its contents in Chapter 43?

10. What trick does Sergeant Troy play on Mr. Boldwood in Chapter 34?

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

Thomas Hardy was criticized in his lifetime for the overt sexuality in his works. Discuss some of the sexual undertones and subjects seen in Far from the Madding Crowd. What are examples of sexual innuendos used in the narrative? What "taboo" subjects does the author address?

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