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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 does Farfrae and Susan observe about Henchard?
(a) Henchard exudes charity to all around him.
(b) Henchard has sudden moods.
(c) Henchard is paranoid.
(d) Henchard is a conman.

2. How does Henchard first learn the townspeople prefer Donald over him?
(a) From a councilman.
(b) A lawyer from Henchard's celebration tells him.
(c) Through a messenger boy from Durnover.
(d) Henchard sees it in the people's faces as they admire Donald dancing.

3. What does Lucetta do when Michael finally calls for her?
(a) She welcomes him in with waiting arms.
(b) She hides behind a curtain.
(c) She scolds him for his lateness.
(d) She sends him away.

4. What do the people of Casterbridge know of the mayor's past wife?
(a) She leaves him for another man.
(b) They know nothing.
(c) They don't think the mayor is ever married since he comes to Casterbridge alone.
(d) They believe she dies at sea.

5. What makes Susan uncomfortable about her relationship with Newson?
(a) She discovers her marriage is not binding.
(b) Newson is a drunkard.
(c) Newson is always at sea.
(d) Because Elizabeth Jane is not his daughter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What occupies Elizabeth's mind after the celebration is over?

2. What is Abel's punishment for being chronically late?

3. What is the main cause of Henchard's celebration failure?

4. What are Michael's first words when he sees Susan after so many years?

5. What do the boys of Casterbridge nickname Susan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. At first request, Michael is agreeable to let Elizabeth leave and gain independence. But when the time comes for her to leave, he gets angry and flustered at the idea. Why does Henchard react with such contradiction?

4. 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?

5. When Henchard visits Lucetta and asks her to marry him, she looks out the window to see Farfrae's hay wagons. What earlier scene is this reminiscent of? What is its importance in the storyline?

6. How does Solomon Longways view the mayor?

7. Henchard shows both happiness and reservations concerning Susan's return. Henchard plans to remarry and care for his family. However, in his note to Susan, he writes, "The news upsets me almost," and in their meeting he states, "But- to lead me into ... this difficulty about our living together ..." What is going through Henchard's mind as he learns of his wife's return? Does he love her or is he obliged to a duty? What causes his reservations?

8. 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?

9. When Susan dies, Henchard agrees to marry Lucetta out of pity. He still does not call on her when she arrives to Casterbridge. Suddenly, he is adamant about getting her attention and marrying her. What causes the sudden change of heart? What does Henchard want from this?

10. 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?

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