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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 that wins the inn patrons over?
(a) He sings a melody about his home country.
(b) He orates classic poetry with artistic drama.
(c) He fixes the bad wheat problem.
(d) He buys a round for everyone in the common room.

2. In chapter 28, why do so many gather around Town Hall?
(a) The defendant spread the rumor she tells a secret of the magistrate.
(b) The name of the new mayor is to be announced.
(c) The defendant tells Lucetta's secret.
(d) There is a large wagon crash.

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

4. How are Susan and Elizabeth-Jane evident strangers in Casterbridge?
(a) They do not know the whereabouts of Henchard despite his popularity.
(b) They do not know about the bad corn sold to the bakers and millers.
(c) Their accents give them away.
(d) By the way they are dressed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Henchard first learn the townspeople prefer Donald over him?

2. What consequence occurs when Henchard makes a bad corn deal?

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

4. Where does Donald set up his new business?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What changes are seen in the furmity woman when Susan and Elizabeth-Jane returns?

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. 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. 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?

7. 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?

8. Henchard is quite fond of Farfrae's work. However, Farfrae views himself quite different from Henchard. What does Farfrae think of Henchard as a person? A businessman?

9. How does Solomon Longways view the mayor?

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

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