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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 Michael decide to do when he discovers his wife emigrates?
(a) Save money to follow on the boat.
(b) Find a new wife.
(c) Settle in Casterbridge.
(d) Go back to the furmity woman.

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

3. What do Susan and Michael decide about Elizabeth?
(a) She should stay ignorant of her parents' past.
(b) She deserves to know the truth.
(c) Susan wants Michael to break the news to her.
(d) They intend to tell her after they are remarried.

4. What rash and regretful decision does Henchard make at Donald's celebration?
(a) Henchard terminates Farfrae's employment.
(b) Henchard grabs his wife and daughter and leaves vehemently.
(c) Henchard drinks for the first time since his oath.
(d) Henchard denounces everyone for paying a fee rather than attending his free celebration.

5. What is Jopp's reaction to Henchard's curt behavior?
(a) Disappointed, but understands business is business.
(b) Unaffected.
(c) Angry and bitterly disappointed.
(d) Sensitively hurt.

Short Answer Questions

1. Michael incessantly criticizes Elizabeth for what?

2. In chapter 19, what act blatantly shows Michael's disrespect for Susan's request?

3. How does Susan react when Michael admits his guilt for a bad deed he does years before?

4. What surprising feature does Elizabeth and Susan notice about the glasses in front of the mayor?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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. 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?

5. Lucetta shows she is capable of greedy motivations. Yet, she is also victim to Henchard's forceful behaviors. When she returns from Port-Bredy married to Farfrae, Henchard hollers his disapproval and for her to get away. When she does, she enters her home through the backdoor? Knowing what the back alley represents, why does she choose at this time to use this entrance?

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. 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?

8. 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?

9. When Susan is auctioned to Newson, she thinks it is binding. However, Hardy remarks that she is not the only woman to think this way. What does this say about Susan? About the times?

10. 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?

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