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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. How does Elizabeth address Henchard when she sees him on her wedding day?
(a) Father ... uh ... Mr. Henchard.
(b) Mr. Henchard.
(c) Michael.
(d) You.

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

3. What does Henchard's will request?
(a) To be cremated and spread in Casterbridge.
(b) That Farfrae forgives him.
(c) That no one honour him nor remember him.
(d) To be buried in the ring.

4. How does Donald show thanks to Henchard for his attempt to help the night Lucetta dies?
(a) Donald gives a cordial handshake.
(b) Donald offers Henchard a seed store.
(c) Farfrae sends Henchard a foodbasket.
(d) Donald invites Henchard over for supper.

5. What becomes of Weydon-Priors?
(a) It is bare.
(b) It is unchanged from twenty five years ago.
(c) It revives when a neighboring town grows nearby.
(d) It is usurped by a large city.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Michael do with his last possessions?

2. On the day of the skimmity ride, who knows where Donald goes to?

3. What does Farfrae indirectly offer Henchard?

4. What causes greater enmity between Michael and Henchard?

5. What makes Elizabeth wary of Henchard's hatred toward Farfrae?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Any drama in Elizabeth's life is not from her own doing. She lives to see how others bear good and bad circumstances. As Elizabeth lives her life, what overall lesson does she learn?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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.

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

9. 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"?

10. 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?

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