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

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

3. How does Elizabeth receive her new home and money?
(a) She feels out of place in the big house.
(b) She enjoys the freedom.
(c) She uses it to gain status around town.
(d) She abides by the saying, "Take, have, and keep."

4. What is Abel's punishment for being chronically late?
(a) He is to sleep in Henchard's barn.
(b) Lashings.
(c) Going through town without breeches.
(d) He is laid off.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elizabeth notice about the backdoor of Miss Templeman's home?

2. Where does Elizabeth move to when she leaves Henchard's house?

3. What does Farfrae do at the hiring market?

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

5. How does Henchard's demeanor toward Elizabeth change when he hears Susan is alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. Hardy makes note that the Three Mariners sign is old. However, it is not due to the owner's lack of care as it is the lack of a painter in town. What does that imply about Casterbridge?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. Henchard hears from Lucetta and believes he should marry her. At this point, Susan is on her deathbed. Why does Henchard want to marry Lucetta? Is it another obligation? Does he have feelings for her?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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