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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. Where does Elizabeth move to when she leaves Henchard's house?
(a) Durnover Hill.
(b) Into Farfrae's home.
(c) Closer to her mother's grave.
(d) High Place Hall.

2. Michael incessantly criticizes Elizabeth for what?
(a) Her inability to stand up for herself.
(b) Her courtship with Farfrae.
(c) Her dialect.
(d) Her fashion sense.

3. As magistrate, what familiar character does Michael judge?
(a) Solomon.
(b) The furmity woman.
(c) Whittle.
(d) Jopp.

4. Who does Henchard hire to compete against Farfrae?
(a) Mr. Cuxom.
(b) Elizabeth.
(c) One of the councilmen.
(d) Jopp.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What news are the townsfolk waiting for at the end of chapter 30?

2. What do Susan and Michael decide about Elizabeth?

3. What stages does Michael go through when drunk?

4. What does Lucetta do when the town hears the rumors from the defendant about the magistrate?

5. What does Henchard suggest to announce in the paper?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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. How does Solomon Longways view the mayor?

7. Elizabeth Jane is very observant of Farfrae and Henchard. What does she notice about their relationship? What are some expectations that come true? Why does the dismissal of Farfrae not so unexpected?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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