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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. Now in Casterbridge, what does Lucetta expect from Henchard?
(a) For Michael to treat Elizabeth well.
(b) Courtship and marriage.
(c) A share in his business.
(d) Monetary compensation.

2. What age is Elizabeth Jane when she and her mother search for Michael Henchard?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Seventeen.
(c) Eighteen.
(d) Twenty-one.

3. What is Michael's reaction to what the defendant says?
(a) He is angry and walks out of the courtroom.
(b) He dismisses her ideas as propesterous and carries on with judgment.
(c) He agrees and walks out of the courtroom.
(d) He is silent.

4. What makes Elizabeth believe Donald is not interested in wooing her?
(a) Farfrae opens up a competing business against her father's.
(b) Farfrae is too smart for her.
(c) She believes she is too plain.
(d) She is the stepdaughter of a contemptuous man.

5. What does Farfrae do that wins the inn patrons over?
(a) He orates classic poetry with artistic drama.
(b) He sings a melody about his home country.
(c) He buys a round for everyone in the common room.
(d) He fixes the bad wheat problem.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Farfrae do at the hiring market?

2. How does Henchard's demeanor toward Elizabeth change when he hears Susan is alive?

3. How does Elizabeth receive her new home and money?

4. What does Michael do for a living?

5. What new machinery is introduced at the Saturday market?

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes are seen in the furmity woman when Susan and Elizabeth-Jane returns?

2. Elizabeth mentions "respectability" several times. Despite a plain dress and a modest upbringing, she is very conscientious of being respectable. How does this regard to respectability portray her desires? What kind of life does Elizabeth seek?

3. How does Michael Henchard feel when Susan leaves with the sailor?

4. Henchard hears from Lucetta and believes he should marry her. At this point, Susan is on her deathbed. Why does Henchard want to marry Lucetta? Is it another obligation? Does he have feelings for her?

5. When the furmity woman is shown as the defendant, Henchard notices something familiar but the thought flees his mind as quickly as it comes in. How does the furmity woman represent the sale of his wife twenty years ago? How does Henchard's reaction to the furmity woman represent how he feels about the transaction?

6. Hardy introduces Lucetta as a mystery woman, but with some hints that she knows Henchard. He also describes her as graceful and nice to Elizabeth. However, as the novel progresses, how does Hardy foreshadow that Miss Templeman may not be the woman Elizabeth thinks she is? What clues and observations does Elizabeth make, or comments of Hardy, show that Lucetta is as contriving as the other characters in Casterbridge?

7. When Susan begins her search for Michael, Hardy refers her as Mrs. Newson, for that is what she calls herself. However, in chapter nine, Hardy calls her Mrs. Henchard again for the first time. Why does Hardy return to her first marriage name? How does Susan feel about her role and position at this point?

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. Elizabeth Jane is very observant of Farfrae and Henchard. What does she notice about their relationship? What are some expectations that come true? Why does the dismissal of Farfrae not so unexpected?

10. When Susan is auctioned to Newson, she thinks it is binding. However, Hardy remarks that she is not the only woman to think this way. What does this say about Susan? About the times?

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