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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 surprises Henchard the most about Farfrae?
(a) The Scotchman wants a third of his business if he is to be hired.
(b) That a stranger is willing to help without pay.
(c) That Farfrae is going to America to harvest wheat.
(d) That the Scotchman is willing to correct the wheat problem for free.

2. What age is Elizabeth Jane when she and her mother search for Michael Henchard?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Seventeen.
(c) Twenty-one.
(d) Eighteen.

3. 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.

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

5. How does Susan feel about the choreographed courtship?
(a) She revels in the attention.
(b) Dubious of the plan's success.
(c) Dishonest to Elizabeth.
(d) Awkward.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Elizabeth's plan when she hears the reasons for the town bells and music?

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

3. Although now the town beauty, what does Elizabeth feel she still lacks?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Although Hardy reveals that Henchard is not in love with Susan, he feels defensive when the boys around town call Susan, "The Ghost". Does he really love her and does not know it? Is he defensive to protect his own name? Is Henchard a better man that he reveals himself to be?

2. How does Michael Henchard feel when Susan leaves with the sailor?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. Henchard hears from Lucetta and believes he should marry her. At this point, Susan is on her deathbed. Why does Henchard want to marry Lucetta? Is it another obligation? Does he have feelings for her?

7. 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?

8. 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.

9. 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?

10. 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?

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