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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) While looking for Farfrae in the marketplace.
(c) They are both visiting Susan's grave.
(d) Elizabeth applies to work for the new woman coming to Casterbridge.

2. Who does Henchard hire to compete against Farfrae?
(a) Mr. Cuxom.
(b) Elizabeth.
(c) One of the councilmen.
(d) Jopp.

3. What does Lucetta do when Michael finally calls for her?
(a) She hides behind a curtain.
(b) She sends him away.
(c) She scolds him for his lateness.
(d) She welcomes him in with waiting arms.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

2. What are Michael's first words when he sees Susan after so many years?

3. How do Susan and Elizabeth pay for their lodgings, despite their little income?

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

5. Where does Susan and her daughter first see Michael Henchard?

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. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. How does Solomon Longways view the mayor?

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

9. When the furmity woman is shown as the defendant, Henchard notices something familiar but the thought flees his mind as quickly as it comes in. How does the furmity woman represent the sale of his wife twenty years ago? How does Henchard's reaction to the furmity woman represent how he feels about the transaction?

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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