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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) They all believe the upper class deserves it.
(b) They are ready for some fun after twenty years of boredom.
(c) They are dubious of its morality but no one speaks up.
(d) Split, with some who support it and others who find it too cruel.

2. What motivates Elizabeth to work next to Michael on Donald's farm?
(a) Michael is sick so she helps him work.
(b) She is scheming with Michael to revenge Farfrae.
(c) It gives her better access to spy on Lucetta and Farfrae.
(d) She wants to keep a watchful eye on Michael.

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

4. Why is Farfrae sent away in the first place?
(a) To prevent him from stopping the scandal.
(b) To prevent a fight between him and Henchard.
(c) To give him a holiday.
(d) To prevent his upcoming embarrassment.

5. What does Lucetta request from Henchard?
(a) For Michael to treat Elizabeth more fairly.
(b) For Michael to move away.
(c) Her past love letters.
(d) For Michael to quit Farfrae's employment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jopp ask of Lucetta?

2. What is one of the causes of Henchard's bankruptcy?

3. Michael states Donald treats him like a ______ breaking fence.

4. Where does Michael challenge Donald to a fight?

5. What is the motive behind the "skimmity ride"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Of all the places that Lucetta chooses to meet Michael, why at the Ring? Hardy sets it there in the novel, but Lucetta is unaware that Susan and Michael meet there before. What is the importance of the Ring in this chapter?

5. What is the significance of Psalm 109? Why does the band refuse to play such a song? What is the irony in the lyrics?

6. 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?

7. Michael shows changes for the better. But there are still times that Michael cannot empathize and understand another person's position. How does he show this lack of understanding that people behave differently than he?

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. 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?

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

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