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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. Although now the town beauty, what does Elizabeth feel she still lacks?
(a) Love.
(b) A proper lady's demeanor.
(c) Fashionable sensibility.
(d) A proper education.

2. What does Farfrae do at the hiring market?
(a) He speaks kindly of Henchard to farmers that want Michael's employment.
(b) He hires a man and his wife.
(c) He hires a man and his father.
(d) He dissuades those that want to work for Henchard.

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

4. How does Susan feel about the choreographed courtship?
(a) Dishonest to Elizabeth.
(b) She revels in the attention.
(c) Dubious of the plan's success.
(d) Awkward.

5. Where does Susan and her daughter first see Michael Henchard?
(a) At a local bakery.
(b) At the King's Arms.
(c) At the Three Mariners.
(d) Just outside the King's Arms looking in.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Farfrae do that wins the inn patrons over?

2. What is Michael's reaction to what the defendant says?

3. When Elizabeth meets Lucetta on the road, who/what attacks them?

4. What is the main cause of Henchard's celebration failure?

5. As magistrate, what familiar character does Michael judge?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hardy makes note that the Three Mariners sign is old. However, it is not due to the owner's lack of care as it is the lack of a painter in town. What does that imply about Casterbridge?

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

3. Henchard shows both happiness and reservations concerning Susan's return. Henchard plans to remarry and care for his family. However, in his note to Susan, he writes, "The news upsets me almost," and in their meeting he states, "But- to lead me into ... this difficulty about our living together ..." What is going through Henchard's mind as he learns of his wife's return? Does he love her or is he obliged to a duty? What causes his reservations?

4. When Susan dies, Henchard agrees to marry Lucetta out of pity. He still does not call on her when she arrives to Casterbridge. Suddenly, he is adamant about getting her attention and marrying her. What causes the sudden change of heart? What does Henchard want from this?

5. A raging bull attacks Lucetta and Elizabeth. Why does hardy use a bull? What symbolism do bulls represent?

6. 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?

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 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?

9. 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.

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

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