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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. Rumor of the "skimmity ride" is going around. What is the feeling about this amongst the lower class?
(a) Split, with some who support it and others who find it too cruel.
(b) They are ready for some fun after twenty years of boredom.
(c) They all believe the upper class deserves it.
(d) They are dubious of its morality but no one speaks up.

2. Who helps fund the "skimmity ride"?
(a) Mrs. Cuxsom.
(b) A passing stranger.
(c) Jopp.
(d) Unknowingly Farfrae does.

3. What section of town does Michael now live?
(a) Stone Bridge.
(b) Priory Mill.
(c) Durnover Hill.
(d) Mixen Lane.

4. Jopp feels _______ about Lucetta's condition.
(a) indifferent.
(b) satsified.
(c) successful.
(d) anxious.

5. Where is Henchard when the commotions of the scandal are heard from town?
(a) In the loft.
(b) The stone bridge.
(c) The brick bridge.
(d) Following Farfrae.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the cause of Lucetta's death?

2. During the ruckus of the skimmity ride, who shows the most bravery?

3. What image does Henchard see at Ten Hatches Hole?

4. Who warms Donald about the happenings at the Three Mariners?

5. What makes Farfrae fall out of favor with the lower class?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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. 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?

10. 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?

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