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

2. What do Susan and Michael decide about Elizabeth?
(a) She deserves to know the truth.
(b) Susan wants Michael to break the news to her.
(c) She should stay ignorant of her parents' past.
(d) They intend to tell her after they are remarried.

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

4. What event occurs in Port-Bredy?
(a) Lucetta and Donald marry.
(b) Farfrae has an affair with Lucetta.
(c) Lucetta sets up home away from Casterbridge.
(d) Lucetta and Henchard marry.

5. What inspires Michael to finally ask Lucetta to marry him?
(a) Michael feels he needs to do right by her.
(b) He knows Farfrae is courting her.
(c) His loneliness and her disinterest.
(d) He believes it angers Elizabeth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Henchard hire to compete against Farfrae?

2. What is Farfrae's initial impression of Elizabeth Jane?

3. What does Michael decide to do when he discovers his wife emigrates?

4. Where does Donald set up his new business?

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

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. In the midst of Lucetta's illness, Michael begins to see Elizabeth in a whole new way? What sparks this feeling?

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

4. 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?

5. Michael shows changes for the better. But there are still times that Michael cannot empathize and understand another person's position. How does he show this lack of understanding that people behave differently than he?

6. Longways and a couple of other men do not like the idea behind the "skimmity ride". Longways sends Donald away to help him avoid embarrassment. Why does he do this for Farfrae but not for Lucetta?

7. In Lucetta's illness and death, how does Lucetta manage to manipulate the people around her? How does her reaction to the effigy, intentional or not, play her "practicable weapon"?

8. 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?

9. Donald's singing affects Henchard before he is able to challenge the Scotchman. Why does a song affect him? What is the importance of the particular song?

10. What is the significance of Psalm 109? Why does the band refuse to play such a song? What is the irony in the lyrics?

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