Jude the Obscure Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jude give Arabella after she leaves him?

2. What can Jude see from the roof of the old barn?

3. What noteworthy item did Jude give Arabella as a wedding gift that he later discovers she has abandoned?

4. What advice does Jude receive in response to his letters to the headmasters of the Christminster universities?

5. How does Sue eventually leave her school in Melchester?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jude react when Arabella tells him she is pregnant?

2. How does Jude sneak a note to Mr. Phillotson in Part I?

3. Why does Jude have to slaughter the pig he gave Arabella as a gift?

4. Why is Jude reluctant to leave his studies to meet Arabella for the first time?

5. Why do Jude and Sue decide to walk to Mr. Phillotson's house during their first meeting?

6. What does Arabella scheme in order to be able to seduce Jude for the first time?

7. How does Jude react to being in the Chrisminster for the first time?

8. What does Sue confess to Jude about a student she once lived with?

9. What does Sue suggest about her relationship with Jude when she confesses that she and Mr. Phillotson are to marry?

10. What specifically does Jude overhear Arabella's friends talking about in regard to her false pregnancy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the scene where Sue finds her dead children does the following:

1) changes the tone of the novel; and

2) changes the characters of Jude and Sue.

Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your strong thesis statement.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1) at least three ways the novel would change if it were written with Sue as the main character, and

2) at least three literary devices Hardy could use while writing from that different perspective.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1) why it is important to know about the author of a novel, and

2) at least three ways that knowing about Hardy's background and life can help a reader better understand "Jude the Obscure."

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