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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 is the people's reaction to the skiff between Michael and Donald?
(a) They believe Michael deserves Donald's treatment.
(b) They are more interested in their own matters.
(c) They think Donald is acting unfairly.
(d) They are both unliked by the middle and lower class.

2. What are the councilmen and Farfrae's plans for Henchard?
(a) To re-appoint him mayor.
(b) To give back his old business.
(c) To make him a councilman.
(d) To rent out a seed store for Henchard.

3. What causes Michael's death?
(a) A heart attack.
(b) A wagon accident.
(c) Too weak to eat.
(d) A bloody drunken fight.

4. What are Henchard's intentions when retrieving some letters from Farfrae?
(a) To read them to Lucetta, hoping to evoke some emotions from her.
(b) To burn them immediately.
(c) To tell Farfrae about his affair with Lucetta.
(d) To hide the letters in case he needs to blackmail Lucetta in the future.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elizabeth think she sees in the loft?

2. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

3. What misunderstood rumor reaches Henchard that makes him angry?

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

5. When Michael gets sick, who is there to nurse him to health?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the relationship between the classes. How are they related to one another? Does one depend on the other? Are they co-dependent? Do they interact with one another? If so, how? What is different between the two classes? Can one move between the classes? How so? Who is an example?

3. Lucetta has a brief encounter with Henchard on the farm. In her anger, she is unable to speak her mind right away and leaves. Angry at Henchard's approach, she writes him a letter to stop being so cruel. How does this show Lucetta's inability to think ahead and learn her mistakes?

4. 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?

5. Any drama in Elizabeth's life is not from her own doing. She lives to see how others bear good and bad circumstances. As Elizabeth lives her life, what overall lesson does she learn?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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