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

2. Where is the first place Michael heads to when he wakes up in the morning in the furmity tent?
(a) The seaport.
(b) A neighbor's for breakfast.
(c) The church.
(d) The nearest farm.

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

4. When Elizabeth meets Lucetta on the road, who/what attacks them?
(a) A raging bull.
(b) Henchard.
(c) Jopp.
(d) A wild horse.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does Michael describe Donald's knock?

4. How does Susan react when Michael admits his guilt for a bad deed he does years before?

5. How is Casterbridge best described?

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 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. 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. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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.

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. At the hiring market, Farfrae and Lucetta witness a farmer who is in a dilemma. Either the farmer loses his sweetheart or fails his father. Lucetta shows concern and Farfrae offers to hire the man close in town so the farmer does not have to choose. What is the motivation behind Donald's decision? Does he really have concern for the farmer? Is it to impress Lucetta instead?

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