Tess of the d'Urbervilles 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 Tess finally decide the relationship between herself and Angel?

2. At Talbothays,Tess shares sleeping quarters with ____, Izz Rhuett, and Rhetty.

3. In Chapter 29 who tells a story that influences Tess greatly?

4. Tess appears to lose hope in Chapter 13. Why?

5. What motivates Tess to make a promise to Angel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens when Angel arrives back at Talbothays after visiting his parents.

2. What prompts Tess to leave the dance early, and what does this scene tell readers about her character?

3. How does Tess learn that Angel is in love with her, and what is her reaction?

4. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

5. How does Tess deal with her situation in Chapter 13, when she is living at her parents' home, and is pregnant and shunned by the community?

6. How is Mr. Durbeyfield portrayed in in the first chapter?

7. What is the local superstition about butter with a funny taste?

8. Describe the scene concerning the accident with the horse. What does that show about Tess's character?

9. Why is Tess upset when her baby becomes ill and dies, and what does this show about her attitude towards religion?

10. Angel receives different treatment from the Cricks than the other farm help does. How? Why does Hardy mention this in some detail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 51, Tess contemplates the burial monuments of her ancestors, saying, "Why am I on the wrong side?" Is death the only realistic fate for Tess from here on? Or is there still a way that she could escape her 'fate'?

Essay Topic 2

It is often said that a "punishment should fit the crime." Discuss this statement in connection with either Tess or Alec. Does this saying hold true in their cases? Why or why not? Make sure that you clearly describe both the crime and the punishment.

Essay Topic 3

Some people read Hardy's work as a commentary on forms of oppression (religious, political, racial, social). Discuss, using at least three different examples from the text to back up your opinion.

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