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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Farfrae and Susan observe about Henchard?
(a) Henchard has sudden moods.
(b) Henchard exudes charity to all around him.
(c) Henchard is a conman.
(d) Henchard is paranoid.

2. What is Henchard's impression of the new machinery?
(a) He believes it revolutionizes farming.
(b) He believes it is useless.
(c) He is dubious, but is willing to give it a try.
(d) He is ecstatic that only the richer like himself can afford it.

3. What causes Michael to be bitter towards Elizabeth?
(a) She spends too much of his hard earned money.
(b) He discovers she is not his real daughter.
(c) She is in courtship with Farfrae.
(d) Elizabeth brings his status down in town.

4. How does Henchard first learn the townspeople prefer Donald over him?
(a) A lawyer from Henchard's celebration tells him.
(b) Henchard sees it in the people's faces as they admire Donald dancing.
(c) Through a messenger boy from Durnover.
(d) From a councilman.

5. To whom does Michael go for weather advice?
(a) Farfrae.
(b) Whittle.
(c) The weather-caster.
(d) Jopp.

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes Elizabeth believe Donald is not interested in wooing her?

2. What does Michael do for a living?

3. What is Farfrae's reaction to Henchard's confession?

4. Henchard's education is compared to whom?

5. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Henchard visits Lucetta and asks her to marry him, she looks out the window to see Farfrae's hay wagons. What earlier scene is this reminiscent of? What is its importance in the storyline?

2. Donald Farfrae is a stranger in Casterbridge, yet he decides to help Henchard. This is not a common act between strangers as seen by Henchard's surprise. What does this say about Farfrae's character? Does he really want something or is he really acting as a good Samaritan?

3. Although Hardy reveals that Henchard is not in love with Susan, he feels defensive when the boys around town call Susan, "The Ghost". Does he really love her and does not know it? Is he defensive to protect his own name? Is Henchard a better man that he reveals himself to be?

4. When the new farming machinery is shown in the marketplace, Lucetta and Elizabeth look at it with inquiry. Lucetta describes it as an agricultural piano and Elizabeth states that it is something to do with corn. These statements are very different, as is there personality. Compare and contrast their response to the machine and how it reflects their personality.

5. Abel Whittle is chronically late and with many warnings, he continues to be late. Fed up, Henchard heads to Abel's house and makes him get to the granary without breeches on. Farfrae argues that the joke goes too far and Abel should get him and dress. Henchard contends that it is to teach Abel a lesson and that this is no joke. When Henchard sells Susan to Newson, it too starts off as a joke. Henchard and all present blames the rum. Compare the two situations and Henchard's character. How much of the rum is to blame for the joke getting out of hand? If Farfrae is not there to stop the punishment, does Henchard continue on with the lesson?

6. Lucetta shows she is capable of greedy motivations. Yet, she is also victim to Henchard's forceful behaviors. When she returns from Port-Bredy married to Farfrae, Henchard hollers his disapproval and for her to get away. When she does, she enters her home through the backdoor? Knowing what the back alley represents, why does she choose at this time to use this entrance?

7. Earlier in the book, Jopp is tersely introduced and forgotten when his management position is taken by Farfrae. Re-introduced years later in chapter 26, he is described as coming from the back slum and his clothing a sign of need. Unjustly fired, what role do you think Jopp plays in Henchard's life?

8. When Henchard writes a note to Susan, he also gives five guineas in return. What does Henchard hope to portray in this gift? How does Susan react to the money when she sees it?

9. At the hiring market, Farfrae and Lucetta witness a farmer who is in a dilemma. Either the farmer loses his sweetheart or fails his father. Lucetta shows concern and Farfrae offers to hire the man close in town so the farmer does not have to choose. What is the motivation behind Donald's decision? Does he really have concern for the farmer? Is it to impress Lucetta instead?

10. What is the atmosphere of the furmity tent when Michael offers his wife for sale?

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