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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. At the scene of the wagon crash, when Henchard's man says the word of Lucetta and Elizabeth Jane are not to be accounted for because all women swoon for Donald, Henchard __________.
(a) Implores the truth of the statement from the women.
(b) Agrees with him and dismisses the women.
(c) Defends the women.
(d) Becomes furious at the reminder and rushes off.

2. Where does Donald set up his new business?
(a) Durnover Hill.
(b) Dunnigan Hill.
(c) West Walk.
(d) Bowling Walk.

3. What is Michael Henchard's initial reaction when Elizabeth requests to leave?
(a) He is suspicious.
(b) He is angry she leaves him.
(c) He is hurt.
(d) He is agreeable and willing.

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

5. How does Susan know Michael Henchard is in Casterbridge?
(a) Through hearsay on the street.
(b) Michael contacts Susan first.
(c) She asks the furmity woman.
(d) From a friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Henchard's impression of the new machinery?

2. What is Abel's punishment for being chronically late?

3. Weydon Priors can be described as ...

4. Susan writes a letter to Michael when on her deathbed. What does she request of him concerning this letter?

5. What does the Scotchman do to get the mayor's attention?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Henchard becomes distraught and angry at the idea that Elizabeth is not his daughter. Out of pride, he does not tell her after the big deal he makes for her to change her name. How does Henchard express his feelings if not in telling her the truth?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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