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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 Lucetta believe is her only "practicable weapon"?
(a) She does not feel she has any.
(b) Her power as the mayor's wife.
(c) Power of persuasion.
(d) Her power in money.

2. What sentimental item does Henchard bring with him on his travels?
(a) A rock piece from his old house and business.
(b) A brooch Elizabeth used to wear.
(c) A lock of Elizabeth's hair.
(d) The flag he makes for the Royal Personage.

3. When Michael gets sick, who is there to nurse him to health?
(a) No one.
(b) Lucetta.
(c) Abel Whittle.
(d) Elizabeth.

4. When Henchard leaves Casterbridge, what employment does he find?
(a) General manager of a corn business.
(b) Henchard becomes a constable.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Hay-trussing.

5. What is the cause of Lucetta's death?
(a) Donald leaving her.
(b) An accident during the skimmity ride.
(c) Bear of guilt.
(d) Seizures caused by the scandalous skimmity ride.

Short Answer Questions

1. What brings Michael over the edge and gets him to start drinking again?

2. Who does Michael turn to when he goes bankrupt?

3. Newson is ______ Henchard and his lies.

4. What section of town does Michael now live?

5. What happens to Michael's business?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Lucetta's illness and death, how does Lucetta manage to manipulate the people around her? How does her reaction to the effigy, intentional or not, play her "practicable weapon"?

2. 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?

3. Henchard promises Lucetta that he returns her letters and not be the one to tell her secret. However, he gives Jopp the letters to send back to Lucetta. Jopp uses this opportunity to retaliate. Even without trying, Michael acts in a way that condemns Lucetta. How much is this in his nature? Does Henchard ever change fully to make sound decisions that do not befall him or the people he cares for?

4. Donald's singing affects Henchard before he is able to challenge the Scotchman. Why does a song affect him? What is the importance of the particular song?

5. 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?

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

7. After a visit to Ten Hatches Hole, Michael goes back to see Elizabeth. Henchard refers to himself as unlearned and ignorant. How does this show how Michael thinks differently of Elizabeth, even though he speaks about himself?

8. In chapter 42, Michael disagrees about some of Elizabeth's decisions. How does Michael show that he is actively changing for the better?

9. In the midst of Lucetta's illness, Michael begins to see Elizabeth in a whole new way? What sparks this feeling?

10. When Henchard goes bankrupt and feels shame, he turns to Jopp. Despite his harsh behavior towards Jopp, why does Henchard turn to him?

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