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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 types of people linger around the brick bridge?
(a) The destitute.
(b) The bypassers that travel through Casterbridge between work.
(c) The churchgoers.
(d) Gossiping women.

2. Learning about Henchard's lies, Elizabeth feels what?
(a) Angry.
(b) Uncaring.
(c) Empowered.
(d) Loved.

3. What news does Michael hear at the stone bridge?
(a) Farfrae is mayor.
(b) Farfrae is hiring corn-trussers.
(c) Farfrae buys his personal belongings.
(d) Jopp knows about the Jersey affair.

4. Who does Michael turn to when he goes bankrupt?
(a) Jopp.
(b) Solomon.
(c) Councilman Tubb.
(d) Elizabeth.

5. How does Lucetta discover the scandal concerns her?
(a) Lucetta hears her loud neighbors.
(b) Her cook confesses it is about her.
(c) Lucetta runs out to see her effigy.
(d) Elizabeth tells her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sentimental item does Henchard bring with him on his travels?

2. Where does Farfrae leave to after his fight?

3. What does Lucetta do to manipulate Henchard's feelings?

4. What does Henchard ponder while at Ten Hatches Hole?

5. On the day of the skimmity ride, who knows where Donald goes to?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the events that inhibit the law enforcers to promptly find the perpetrators of the skimmity ride.

3. Michael sees his effigy in the river and begins to lose any composure he has left. What is Michael thinking when he realizes what the image is?

4. What is the significance of Psalm 109? Why does the band refuse to play such a song? What is the irony in the lyrics?

5. Michael decides to buy a wedding present for Elizabeth. Without much money, he settles on a caged goldfinch. What is the significance of the goldfinch? What does it symbolize?

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. During Henchard's bankruptcy hearing, Michael shows appreciation towards the creditors. Summarize Henchard's last act that evokes sympathy from his creditors.

8. Henchard reads Lucetta's letters aloud to Farfrae. Although the author is unknown to Farfrae, what do the letters say about the woman who writes them?

9. Although Farfrae buys Henchard's house and furniture in good faith, and offers him a room and job to help him. Describe what it feels like for Michael.

10. After Henchard's bankruptcy, Henchard becomes an associate of the lower class. He now works beside them, dresses in shabby clothing, and lives in the same vicinity. But how is Henchard different from the lower class? What large difference do he and Jopp have despite their similar circumstances?

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