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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 Elizabeth and Lucetta meet?
(a) Lucetta visits Henchard and meets Elizabeth.
(b) Elizabeth applies to work for the new woman coming to Casterbridge.
(c) They are both visiting Susan's grave.
(d) While looking for Farfrae in the marketplace.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Farfrae do at the hiring market?

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

3. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

4. What occupies Elizabeth's mind after the celebration is over?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Hardy makes note that the Three Mariners sign is old. However, it is not due to the owner's lack of care as it is the lack of a painter in town. What does that imply about Casterbridge?

7. When Henchard writes a note to Susan, he also gives five guineas in return. What does Henchard hope to portray in this gift? How does Susan react to the money when she sees it?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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