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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. How does Susan react when Michael admits his guilt for a bad deed he does years before?
(a) She is happy.
(b) She is curious of which bad deed he is speaking of.
(c) She feels guilty for leaving him.
(d) She feels guilty for thinking bad thoughts about him.

2. What event occurs in Port-Bredy?
(a) Lucetta and Donald marry.
(b) Lucetta sets up home away from Casterbridge.
(c) Farfrae has an affair with Lucetta.
(d) Lucetta and Henchard marry.

3. What are Farfrae's plans when he arrives in Casterbridge?
(a) To apply for the manager's position with the mayor.
(b) To spread the word of how lovely his country is to the world.
(c) To sell his wheat processing invention.
(d) To move on to Bristol and then to America.

4. Weydon Priors can be described as ...
(a) The next big thing.
(b) A bustling city.
(c) A plain farmtown.
(d) A ghost town.

5. What makes Susan uncomfortable about her relationship with Newson?
(a) She discovers her marriage is not binding.
(b) Because Elizabeth Jane is not his daughter.
(c) Newson is a drunkard.
(d) Newson is always at sea.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lucetta do when the town hears the rumors from the defendant about the magistrate?

2. How are Susan and Elizabeth-Jane evident strangers in Casterbridge?

3. How does Donald treat Elizabeth when conversing with the women of High Place Hall?

4. What do the boys of Casterbridge nickname Susan?

5. To whom does Michael go for weather advice?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Henchard first learns about Donald's popularity, he cannot help but be jealous. However, he sees Donald as a genuinely good man who cares for people's feelings. What internal battle does Henchard experience concerning Donald Farfrae? How does he personally feel about Farfrae? How does this affect his natural jealousy?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Before Michael discovers who Elizabeth's real father is, he wants her to legally change her name to Henchard. For whom does he want this? How does Michael regard Elizabeth's feelings in this matter? Is it for them as a relationship as purely for his selfish wants?

5. Henchard is quite fond of Farfrae's work. However, Farfrae views himself quite different from Henchard. What does Farfrae think of Henchard as a person? A businessman?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. Henchard is a man of wealth and status in Casterbridge, yet he is lonely in friendship as well as marriage. As soon as he meets Farfrae, he is intrigued. Not only does he look to Farfrae as a business manager, but also as a friend. What benefits and dangers does Henchard risk in befriending Farfrae so early on with such sensitive confessions?

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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