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

2. Of the townsfolk, who approves Elizabeth's and Donald's courtship?
(a) The councilmen.
(b) The men of the Three Mariners.
(c) The upper class women.
(d) The lower class women.

3. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Henchard show that he now thinks of Elizabeth above himself?

2. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

3. What section of town does Michael now live?

4. How does Michael act toward Lucetta when they meet on Donald's farm?

5. Who nurses Henchard on his deathbed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the public treating Henchard and Donald after the Royal Personage passes through town? How is this different from earlier times? What does this say about the public?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. After Lucetta's death, Donald and Elizabeth are seen in courtship. Compare and contrast this courtship to their first one before Lucetta came to Casterbridge.

6. 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.

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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