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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 sentimental item does Henchard bring with him on his travels?
(a) A rock piece from his old house and business.
(b) A brooch Elizabeth used to wear.
(c) The flag he makes for the Royal Personage.
(d) A lock of Elizabeth's hair.

2. Michael is paranoid that Donald ___________.
(a) Changes his mind about their reconciled friendship.
(b) Discovers Henchard's latest secret.
(c) Turns Elizabeth against him.
(d) Dismisses him from employment.

3. What becomes of Newson?
(a) He moves to Budmouth.
(b) He returns to the open seas.
(c) He dies.
(d) He sets up a business in Casterbridge.

4. What is the motive behind the "skimmity ride"?
(a) Cuxsom is in love with Henchard.
(b) The furmity woman wants to revenge the town.
(c) The lower class hates Farfrae.
(d) Pure fun against the upper class.

5. How do Henchard's former employees view their new boss?
(a) They are less fearful of him.
(b) They like him less because he pays less.
(c) They believe the new boss is equal in every way to Henchard.
(d) The man is respectable, but not as hearty and friendly as Henchard.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Henchard ponder while at Ten Hatches Hole?

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

3. What is the town's mood when Mrs. Farfrae's condition is heard?

4. What does Henchard do with his gift for Elizabeth?

5. What sort of people live at Mixen Lane?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Michael decides to buy a wedding present for Elizabeth. Without much money, he settles on a caged goldfinch. What is the significance of the goldfinch? What does it symbolize?

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

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. Henchard reads Lucetta's letters aloud to Farfrae. Although the author is unknown to Farfrae, what do the letters say about the woman who writes them?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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. In Lucetta's illness and death, how does Lucetta manage to manipulate the people around her? How does her reaction to the effigy, intentional or not, play her "practicable weapon"?

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