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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 brings Michael over the edge and gets him to start drinking again?
(a) Lucetta and Elizabeth ignore him completely in the market.
(b) News that Farfrae is mayor.
(c) Jopp and Farfrae are becoming friends.
(d) Lucetta is having a baby.

2. How does Elizabeth address Henchard when she sees him on her wedding day?
(a) Mr. Henchard.
(b) Michael.
(c) You.
(d) Father ... uh ... Mr. Henchard.

3. Where does Farfrae often court Elizabeth?
(a) In the loft.
(b) On Budmouth Road.
(c) At the ring.
(d) The marketplace.

4. What causes greater enmity between Michael and Henchard?
(a) Donald is forced to dismiss Henchard as a journeyman.
(b) Lucetta tells Donald the truth about her affair.
(c) Henchard pushes Donald in public.
(d) Donald pushes Henchard in public.

5. Who meets Farfrae, but unsuccessfully brings him home to Lucetta?
(a) The doctor.
(b) One of Farfrae's employees.
(c) Henchard.
(d) Whittle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Henchard when the commotions of the scandal are heard from town?

2. What unexpected thing does Michael do at the parade?

3. Why is the skimmity ride important to Jopp?

4. Henchard observes ______ while spying on Elizabeth.

5. Newson confesses he fakes his death. Why does Newson fake it?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Henchard and Lucetta meet at the Ring, Henchard is agreeable. Lucetta plans for that night to get what she wants. How does this meeting show Lucetta's power of persuasion?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. When Henchard arrives at Farfrae's home, he has every intention to read Lucetta's letters to Donald and reveal the author. However, he does not. He reads the letters, but stops himself from telling anymore. Why doesn't Henchard go through with his plan?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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. Longways and a couple of other men do not like the idea behind the "skimmity ride". Longways sends Donald away to help him avoid embarrassment. Why does he do this for Farfrae but not for Lucetta?

9. 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?

10. 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.

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