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Far from the Madding Crowd Teaching Unit
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- Gabriel Oak, Sergeant Troy, and Farmer Boldwood are all three men in love with Bathsheba Everdene. What characteristics do they have in common? In what ways are they different?
- Which character do you consider to be the hero, and why?
- One of the themes in this story is that true love can endure time and tragedy. What are the characteristics of true love? Discuss instances in the novel where relationships are not based on true love. Discuss which relationship in this novel is based on true love, and the circumstances around which it was finally embraced.
- Gabriel Oak accepts Bathsheba Everdene as his wife, even after she has rejected him numerous times. In your opinion, did he make the right decision?
- What evidence is there that Hardy believed life was ruled by fate, or sheer luck? Cite instances where luck, fate and/or coincidence played a strong role in the story.
- What role do the rustics in this novel play? How are they important plot development?
- In your opinion, why did Hardy choose to write the rustic’s dialogue in native vernacular? What effect does it have on them as characters?
- If Fanny Robin had not been a character in this novel, how would it be different? In your opinion, do you believe
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.