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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 is Farfrae's initial impression of Elizabeth Jane?
(a) He is attracted, but sets on heading to America.
(b) He finds her below his level.
(c) He finds her charming and considers staying for her.
(d) He does not notice her.

2. What surprising feature does Elizabeth and Susan notice about the glasses in front of the mayor?
(a) All three of sherry, port, and wine are still full.
(b) There are no glasses.
(c) There is only one glass.
(d) The ones for wine are empty.

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

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

5. What occupies Elizabeth's mind after the celebration is over?
(a) The music and the dancing.
(b) The failure of her father's celebration.
(c) The quarrel between Henchard and Farfrae.
(d) Donald Farfrae.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Donald set up his new business?

2. How does Michael describe Donald's knock?

3. What is Jopp's reaction to Henchard's curt behavior?

4. What new machinery is introduced at the Saturday market?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Abel Whittle is chronically late and with many warnings, he continues to be late. Fed up, Henchard heads to Abel's house and makes him get to the granary without breeches on. Farfrae argues that the joke goes too far and Abel should get him and dress. Henchard contends that it is to teach Abel a lesson and that this is no joke. When Henchard sells Susan to Newson, it too starts off as a joke. Henchard and all present blames the rum. Compare the two situations and Henchard's character. How much of the rum is to blame for the joke getting out of hand? If Farfrae is not there to stop the punishment, does Henchard continue on with the lesson?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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. When the furmity woman is shown as the defendant, Henchard notices something familiar but the thought flees his mind as quickly as it comes in. How does the furmity woman represent the sale of his wife twenty years ago? How does Henchard's reaction to the furmity woman represent how he feels about the transaction?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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