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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. How does Susan know Michael Henchard is in Casterbridge?
(a) From a friend.
(b) Through hearsay on the street.
(c) She asks the furmity woman.
(d) Michael contacts Susan first.

2. What does Farfrae do at the hiring market?
(a) He speaks kindly of Henchard to farmers that want Michael's employment.
(b) He dissuades those that want to work for Henchard.
(c) He hires a man and his father.
(d) He hires a man and his wife.

3. Michael allows Farfrae to court Elizabeth under what condition?
(a) Farfrae pays a sum.
(b) Elizabeth is to leave as soon as possible.
(c) It's not in Michael's house.
(d) Farfrae refers some customers to Henchard's business.

4. What stages does Michael go through when drunk?
(a) Calm, jovial, angry, then quarrelsome.
(b) Serenity, jovial, argumentative, then quarrelsome.
(c) Peaceful, happy, excited, then mean.
(d) Happy, frustrated, then argumentative.

5. Henchard confesses his past marriage with Susan to Farfrae. What additional surprise does Henchard confess to Farfrae?
(a) A Jersey woman is blackmailing him about his past.
(b) Henchard secretly drinks.
(c) Henchard knows the wheat is bad when he sells it.
(d) Henchard is having an affair with a woman from Jersey.

Short Answer Questions

1. In chapter 28, why do so many gather around Town Hall?

2. What does Elizabeth notice about the backdoor of Miss Templeman's home?

3. Henchard's education is compared to whom?

4. How does Henchard almost reveal to Elizabeth she is his daughter?

5. How does Susan feel about the choreographed courtship?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the hiring market, Farfrae and Lucetta witness a farmer who is in a dilemma. Either the farmer loses his sweetheart or fails his father. Lucetta shows concern and Farfrae offers to hire the man close in town so the farmer does not have to choose. What is the motivation behind Donald's decision? Does he really have concern for the farmer? Is it to impress Lucetta instead?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Elizabeth Jane is very observant of Farfrae and Henchard. What does she notice about their relationship? What are some expectations that come true? Why does the dismissal of Farfrae not so unexpected?

9. 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?

10. 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.

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