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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 do Susan and Elizabeth Jane go for lodgings?
(a) The Three Mariners.
(b) The King's Arms.
(c) The nearest farm.
(d) The mayor's mansion.

2. What does Elizabeth notice about the backdoor of Miss Templeman's home?
(a) The keystone is a disfigured mask.
(b) It is hidden behind a curtain.
(c) It faces the marketplace.
(d) The alley entrance is as bright as the front entrance.

3. What rash and regretful decision does Henchard make at Donald's celebration?
(a) Henchard denounces everyone for paying a fee rather than attending his free celebration.
(b) Henchard terminates Farfrae's employment.
(c) Henchard grabs his wife and daughter and leaves vehemently.
(d) Henchard drinks for the first time since his oath.

4. To whom does Michael go for weather advice?
(a) Jopp.
(b) The weather-caster.
(c) Whittle.
(d) Farfrae.

5. What does Michael do for a living?
(a) A sailor.
(b) A hay-trusser.
(c) A turnip-hoer.
(d) An auctioneer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new machinery is introduced at the Saturday market?

2. Michael incessantly criticizes Elizabeth for what?

3. Who does Henchard hire to compete against Farfrae?

4. Four pennies are used to keep Susan's eyes closed. What becomes of them after Martha buries them?

5. What makes Susan uncomfortable about her relationship with Newson?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. When the new farming machinery is shown in the marketplace, Lucetta and Elizabeth look at it with inquiry. Lucetta describes it as an agricultural piano and Elizabeth states that it is something to do with corn. These statements are very different, as is there personality. Compare and contrast their response to the machine and how it reflects their personality.

3. When Henchard goes bankrupt and feels shame, he turns to Jopp. Despite his harsh behavior towards Jopp, why does Henchard turn to him?

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

6. Describe the relationship between the classes. How are they related to one another? Does one depend on the other? Are they co-dependent? Do they interact with one another? If so, how? What is different between the two classes? Can one move between the classes? How so? Who is an example?

7. 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?

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. Lucetta has a brief encounter with Henchard on the farm. In her anger, she is unable to speak her mind right away and leaves. Angry at Henchard's approach, she writes him a letter to stop being so cruel. How does this show Lucetta's inability to think ahead and learn her mistakes?

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

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