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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 finds her below his level.
(b) He is attracted, but sets on heading to America.
(c) He finds her charming and considers staying for her.
(d) He does not notice her.

2. What new machinery is introduced at the Saturday market?
(a) A tractor.
(b) A seed drill.
(c) A combine.
(d) A harvester.

3. How does Henchard's demeanor toward Elizabeth change when he hears Susan is alive?
(a) He gets upset.
(b) He becomes even more distant.
(c) He is speechless.
(d) He is affectionate and kind.

4. Now in Casterbridge, what does Lucetta expect from Henchard?
(a) Monetary compensation.
(b) A share in his business.
(c) For Michael to treat Elizabeth well.
(d) Courtship and marriage.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Michael incessantly criticizes Elizabeth for what?

2. What rash and regretful decision does Henchard make at Donald's celebration?

3. How do Susan and Elizabeth pay for their lodgings, despite their little income?

4. What consequence occurs when Henchard makes a bad corn deal?

5. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. How does Solomon Longways view the mayor?

7. 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?

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

10. 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?

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