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The Mayor of Casterbridge
Summary & Analysis
Important Quotations Explained
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Analysis of Major Characters
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
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. At the opening of the novel, what is Michael Henchard’s occupation?
. To whom does Henchard sell his wife?
. The morning after selling his wife, what pledge does Henchard make?
Not to drink for a period of twenty-one years
To search for her and make amends
To chose a better wife for his second marriage
To live the God-fearing life of a good citizen
. Upon arriving in Casterbridge, where does Susan Henchard predict that she and Elizabeth-Jane will find Henchard?
In the mayor’s office
In the stocks
In the town’s finest hotel
In a brothel
. Why does Henchard take such a strong and immediate liking to Donald Farfrae?
Farfrae is a good drinking companion
Farfrae helps Henchard avoid an uncomfortable confrontation with Susan and Elizabeth-Jane
Farfrae shares with Henchard a technique that makes ruined grain usable
Farfrae provides Henchard with some investment opportunities that promise to earn Henchard a lot of money
. Who had Henchard arranged to hire as his business manager before meeting Farfrae?
. How does Henchard deal with Abel Whittle’s failure to report to work on time?
He urges the man’s wife to wake her husband earlier each morning
He humiliates the man by sending Whittle into the fields without his pants
He fires Whittle
He turns the matter over to Farfrae
. How is the “day of public rejoicing” that Henchard arranges thwarted?
He goes on a drinking binge and botches the plans
The visit of a Royal Personage overshadows the event
Susan takes ill, and Henchard is forced to turn his attentions to her
. Why does Susan insist on keeping hidden the fact that Elizabeth-Jane does chores in exchange for a room at the inn?
She fears that news of her daughter’s duties will reach the mayor and bring shame on him
She is embarrassed by Elizabeth-Jane’s clumsiness and awkward manners
After leaving Henchard, Susan lived a life of luxury for a time and believes that doing chores is below her daughter’s station
The innkeepers treat Elizabeth-Jane badly, and Susan wishes to spare them from the wrath of the mayor
. In a letter written on her deathbed, what does Susan confess to her husband?
She and Elizabeth-Jane were abused by the man to whom Henchard sold them
She amassed a great fortune after being sold
Elizabeth-Jane is not his daughter but rather the child of the sailor to whom he sold them
She never loved him
. Why does Henchard agree to remarry Susan rather than pursue his affair with Lucetta?
He believes that honoring his duties to his first wife is the best thing to do
He does not feel as passionately about Lucetta as he does about Susan
The widowed Susan brings with her more substantial possessions
He feels insecure that because Lucetta is young she will be more likely to fall in love with other men
. Why does Henchard retract his demand that Farfrae no longer court Elizabeth-Jane?
Henchard fears that his failing business ventures will land him in poverty, and he wants to spare Elizabeth-Jane from this fate
After learning the truth about her parentage, Henchard loses his affection for Elizabeth-Jane and hopes that Farfrae will marry and take her away
Henchard realizes that he has been wrongheaded and wishes to mend his friendship with Farfrae
Henchard hopes to join his family to Farfrae’s, thereby connecting himself to the young man’s more profitable business ventures
. What is the name of Lucetta Templeman’s estate?
The Three Mariners
The Royal Arms
. What ulterior motive prompts Lucetta to invite Elizabeth-Jane to live with her?
She hopes Elizabeth-Jane will ensure frequent visits from Henchard
She has heard that Elizabeth-Jane is a skilled housekeeper and needs help maintaining her estate
She hopes to sabotage Elizabeth-Jane’s budding romance with Farfrae
She has no ulterior motives; she is simply lonely and wants the company
. Where did Lucetta live before moving to Casterbridge?
. How does Lucetta react when Henchard demands that she end her affair with Farfrae in order to marry him?
She tells him that she will love whomever she chooses
She denies having an affair
Fearing that her reputation will be further damaged by scandal, she agrees and gives up Farfrae
She agrees never to see Farfrae again, but continues their affair behind Henchard’s back
. To whom does Henchard entrust Lucetta’s letters?
. What does Henchard persuade the town’s musicians to play at the Three Mariners Inn?
A love ballad that expresses his feelings for Lucetta
A patriotic song that indulges his drunken sentimentality
A psalm to which he sets words that expresses his contempt for Farfrae
A folk song rumored to bring good luck to farmers
. What is Farfrae’s initial reaction when asked to be mayor of Casterbridge?
He accepts enthusiastically
He accepts but admits that the position is only a stepping stone for bigger and better things
He is interested in the position but demands a raise
He worries that he is too young for the position
. What is the name of the ceremony the townspeople perform to shame Lucetta?
A harlot’s parade
A swoon bumple
. How does Lucetta react to the townspeople’s attempt to shame her?
She leaves Casterbridge immediately
She has an epileptic fit and dies
She commits suicide
She scorns them and continues to live her life as she pleases
. What is Henchard’s official role in greeting the Royal Personage?
He has no official role, as Farfrae, the new mayor, has forbidden his participation in the ceremony
He delivers a speech expressing the citizens’ gratitude and admiration
He is a flag-bearer
He sings the national anthem
. What event causes Elizabeth-Jane to sever her ties with Henchard?
She discovers that Henchard is not her biological father
She discovers that Henchard sold her mother at a country fair
She discovers that Henchard stopped her from meeting her biological father by falsely reporting her death
After marrying Farfrae, she decides that she can no longer associate with a common hay- trusser
. Who cares for Henchard in his dying days?
No one cares for the fallen mayor, and he dies in obscurity
. To what biblical figure does Henchard compare himself in his suffering?
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