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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. When Henchard meets Lucetta, she reminds him of _________.
(a) Mrs. Cuxom.
(b) The furmity woman.
(c) Susan.
(d) Elizabeth.

2. Henchard observes ______ while spying on Elizabeth.
(a) Jopp.
(b) The furmity woman.
(c) Newson.
(d) Councilman Tubb.

3. What surprising news do we hear about Lucetta?
(a) Lucetta has more than one affair.
(b) Lucetta and Farfrae are not legally married.
(c) Lucetta leaves a fortune for Elizabeth in her will.
(d) Lucetta is pregnant.

4. What does Michael do with his last possessions?
(a) He sets them in front of his old house, unable to leave.
(b) He gives them to Elizabeth and asks for forgiveness.
(c) He sells his last possessions to pay his new landlord rent.
(d) He sells his watch and gives his last pocket money to a small creditor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Elizabeth address Henchard when she sees him on her wedding day?

2. What causes Michael's death?

3. How does Lucetta discover the scandal concerns her?

4. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

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. 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?

8. 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?

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. 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?

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