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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 causes greater enmity between Michael and Henchard?
(a) Donald is forced to dismiss Henchard as a journeyman.
(b) Lucetta tells Donald the truth about her affair.
(c) Henchard pushes Donald in public.
(d) Donald pushes Henchard in public.

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

3. Why is the skimmity ride important to Jopp?
(a) Jopp uses it to blackmail Lucetta.
(b) Jopp uses it to blackmail Farfrae.
(c) The scandal also serves as retaliation.
(d) Jopp feels like a leader for once.

4. 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) Farfrae bullies his journeymen at work.
(c) The lower class has a strong bond with Henchard.
(d) No one respects his decision to marry Lucetta.

5. In what state does Elizabeth find Henchard's gift?
(a) Weathered.
(b) It is lifeless.
(c) In perfect condition.
(d) She never finds it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Farfrae decide to do to avenge his wife's death?

2. What does Elizabeth think she sees in the loft?

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

4. What is the people's reaction to the skiff between Michael and Donald?

5. What big celebration is coming up in Casterbridge?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

4. Describe the relationship between the classes. How are they related to one another? Does one depend on the other? Are they co-dependent? Do they interact with one another? If so, how? What is different between the two classes? Can one move between the classes? How so? Who is an example?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

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