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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 causes Michael to see Elizabeth in a new light?
(a) Elizabeth insists on visiting him daily.
(b) He sees Elizabeth's genuine affection for all that is good and pure.
(c) Farfrae and Henchard reconcile and discuss Elizabeth's pure nature.
(d) On her deathbed, Lucetta makes Henchard see Elizabeth's pure heart.

2. What new information keeps Donald from leaving town?
(a) Donald is offered the mayoral position.
(b) His business is profiting more than ever.
(c) Lucetta persuades him to stay in Casterbridge.
(d) All his friends fail in their adventure abroad.

3. What sort of people live at Mixen Lane?
(a) Church-goers.
(b) Patrons of the Three Mariners.
(c) The rich that are down in their luck.
(d) Low-lifes.

4. How does Michael act toward Lucetta when they meet on Donald's farm?
(a) Michael leers at her with cold stares.
(b) Michael is nice and wants forgiveness.
(c) Michael is ashamed and runs away from her sight.
(d) Michael speaks sarcastically to her.

5. What surprising news do we hear about Lucetta?
(a) Lucetta has more than one affair.
(b) Lucetta leaves a fortune for Elizabeth in her will.
(c) Lucetta is pregnant.
(d) Lucetta and Farfrae are not legally married.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes greater enmity between Michael and Henchard?

2. What delays Jopp from running Henchard's errand?

3. What news does Michael hear at the stone bridge?

4. How does Lucetta discover the scandal concerns her?

5. Who helps fund the "skimmity ride"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. In chapter 32, what is becoming apparent of Elizabeth Jane? How is she changing? Is she the same person as when she lives with Henchard years before?

7. Michael shows changes for the better. But there are still times that Michael cannot empathize and understand another person's position. How does he show this lack of understanding that people behave differently than he?

8. 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?

9. Elizabeth is an independent woman who likes to take walks along Budmouth Road to the sea. It is a secret that she does not tell Farfrae. What is this secret and why is the sea important to her?

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

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