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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 inspires Michael to finally ask Lucetta to marry him?
(a) He knows Farfrae is courting her.
(b) His loneliness and her disinterest.
(c) He believes it angers Elizabeth.
(d) Michael feels he needs to do right by her.

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

3. 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.

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

5. What causes Lucetta to change her mind about marrying Henchard?
(a) Lucetta's conscience tells her it is the only right thing to do.
(b) Lucetta does not want to hurt Elizabeth by marrying Farfrae.
(c) Farfrae proves himself unworthy at the crash site.
(d) Henchard blackmails her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

2. Michael allows Farfrae to court Elizabeth under what condition?

3. Michael incessantly criticizes Elizabeth for what?

4. Where does Donald set up his new business?

5. What occupies Elizabeth's mind after the celebration is over?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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