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

2. What is Henchard's impression of the new machinery?
(a) He believes it revolutionizes farming.
(b) He is dubious, but is willing to give it a try.
(c) He is ecstatic that only the richer like himself can afford it.
(d) He believes it is useless.

3. What is Elizabeth's plan when she hears the reasons for the town bells and music?
(a) She congratulates the happy couple immediately.
(b) She goes to the Ring to seek her mother.
(c) She moves out of High Place Hall.
(d) She stays at the Three Mariners.

4. What does Henchard suggest to announce in the paper?
(a) The corn from Durnover are ready for market.
(b) He and Susan's marriage place and date.
(c) Elizabeth Jane Newson is now Elizabeth Jane Henchard.
(d) The smooth workings of the business with Farfrae as manager.

5. How are Susan and Elizabeth-Jane evident strangers in Casterbridge?
(a) They do not know the whereabouts of Henchard despite his popularity.
(b) They do not know about the bad corn sold to the bakers and millers.
(c) Their accents give them away.
(d) By the way they are dressed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Donald treat Elizabeth when conversing with the women of High Place Hall?

2. In chapter 24, what makes Elizabeth upset?

3. How do you describe Henchard's disposition towards strangers?

4. Where do Susan and Elizabeth Jane go for lodgings?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the events that inhibit the law enforcers to promptly find the perpetrators of the skimmity ride.

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

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

4. When Henchard first learns about Donald's popularity, he cannot help but be jealous. However, he sees Donald as a genuinely good man who cares for people's feelings. What internal battle does Henchard experience concerning Donald Farfrae? How does he personally feel about Farfrae? How does this affect his natural jealousy?

5. Although Farfrae buys Henchard's house and furniture in good faith, and offers him a room and job to help him. Describe what it feels like for Michael.

6. Of all the places that Lucetta chooses to meet Michael, why at the Ring? Hardy sets it there in the novel, but Lucetta is unaware that Susan and Michael meet there before. What is the importance of the Ring in this chapter?

7. 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?

8. Elizabeth is an independent woman who likes to take walks along Budmouth Road to the sea. It is a secret that she does not tell Farfrae. What is this secret and why is the sea important to her?

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. 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?

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