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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. Michael states Donald treats him like a ______ breaking fence.
(a) Pig.
(b) Horse.
(c) Donkey.
(d) Bull.

2. How does Lucetta discover the scandal concerns her?
(a) Lucetta runs out to see her effigy.
(b) Lucetta hears her loud neighbors.
(c) Her cook confesses it is about her.
(d) Elizabeth tells her.

3. What makes Farfrae fall out of favor with the lower class?
(a) He is changed from his singing Scotchman days to an upper class man.
(b) The lower class has a strong bond with Henchard.
(c) No one respects his decision to marry Lucetta.
(d) Farfrae bullies his journeymen at work.

4. Who is the first to aid Lucetta?
(a) Her neighbor.
(b) Her cook.
(c) Henchard.
(d) Elizabeth.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What section of town does Michael now live?

2. What does Michael do with his last possessions?

3. Why is the skimmity ride important to Jopp?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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.

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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"?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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