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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 is Michael's reaction to what the defendant says?
(a) He agrees and walks out of the courtroom.
(b) He is angry and walks out of the courtroom.
(c) He is silent.
(d) He dismisses her ideas as propesterous and carries on with judgment.

2. What is Lucetta's initial response when she meets Farfrae?
(a) She hardly takes notice.
(b) She thinks he is smart, but not comparatively to Henchard.
(c) She is attracted and flirts with him.
(d) She disapproves of him.

3. Although now the town beauty, what does Elizabeth feel she still lacks?
(a) A proper education.
(b) Fashionable sensibility.
(c) Love.
(d) A proper lady's demeanor.

4. Now in Casterbridge, what does Lucetta expect from Henchard?
(a) For Michael to treat Elizabeth well.
(b) Courtship and marriage.
(c) Monetary compensation.
(d) A share in his business.

5. Four pennies are used to keep Susan's eyes closed. What becomes of them after Martha buries them?
(a) Elizabeth digs it out to keep.
(b) It rusts and and stays buried with the Romans of historical past.
(c) Coney digs it out to use for drink.
(d) Abel finds them by accident and brings them back to his mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes Michael to be bitter towards Elizabeth?

2. In chapter 24, what makes Elizabeth upset?

3. What makes Elizabeth believe Donald is not interested in wooing her?

4. Why does Lucetta invite Elizabeth to live with her?

5. How does Michael describe Donald's knock?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. How does Solomon Longways view the mayor?

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

6. 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.

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

8. 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?

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. Abel Whittle is chronically late and with many warnings, he continues to be late. Fed up, Henchard heads to Abel's house and makes him get to the granary without breeches on. Farfrae argues that the joke goes too far and Abel should get him and dress. Henchard contends that it is to teach Abel a lesson and that this is no joke. When Henchard sells Susan to Newson, it too starts off as a joke. Henchard and all present blames the rum. Compare the two situations and Henchard's character. How much of the rum is to blame for the joke getting out of hand? If Farfrae is not there to stop the punishment, does Henchard continue on with the lesson?

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