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

2. How does Michael feel after Susan's death?
(a) Lonely.
(b) Relief.
(c) Despair.
(d) Free.

3. What surprising feature does Elizabeth and Susan notice about the glasses in front of the mayor?
(a) There is only one glass.
(b) The ones for wine are empty.
(c) All three of sherry, port, and wine are still full.
(d) There are no glasses.

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

5. How does Elizabeth receive her new home and money?
(a) She uses it to gain status around town.
(b) She feels out of place in the big house.
(c) She enjoys the freedom.
(d) She abides by the saying, "Take, have, and keep."

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do the boys of Casterbridge nickname Susan?

3. In chapter 24, what makes Elizabeth upset?

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

5. What change is observed in Michael's behavior toward Donald when Donald becomes more popular?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. When Michael pins Donald and is in a position to throw him down the trap door, Donald yells, "... take it, take it! Ye've wished to long enough!" What effect do these words have on Michael? If Donald does not said them, what happens?

5. 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?

6. Henchard worries that Newson returns and unfolds the truth to Elizabeth. Yet, when Elizabeth goes to Michael for advice and meeting an anonymous person, Henchard tells her to go. Henchard is aware this person is Newson, so why does Henchard not tell her it is dangerous or give some excuse? Why does he lead her to the truth despite knowing he loses her?

7. 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?

8. Whittle is not a main character, and yet plays a significant role at the end of Michael's life. Why does Hardy choose Whittle to care for Henchard? What does Whittle represent?

9. Longways and a couple of other men do not like the idea behind the "skimmity ride". Longways sends Donald away to help him avoid embarrassment. Why does he do this for Farfrae but not for Lucetta?

10. Describe the relationship between the classes. How are they related to one another? Does one depend on the other? Are they co-dependent? Do they interact with one another? If so, how? What is different between the two classes? Can one move between the classes? How so? Who is an example?

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