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. Why does Angel continue to pursue Tess?

2. While the dairy maids are out in the pasture searching for noxious weeds, Tess feels faint. What does Mr. Crick tell her?

3. When Tess first sees Angel, what is her reaction?

4. Who meets Tess and shows her around Tantridge?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What story does Tess hear at the farm that makes her resolve (again) not to marry Angel?

3. Why does Tess feel threatened when she first sees Angel at Talbothays?

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

5. When Angel goes back to visit his family, things seem to have changed. Describe how he and his family see each other now.

6. In Chapter 19, Hardy introduces another of the perceived road blocks to the relationship between Tess and Angel, from her point of view. What?

7. Describe the circumstances under which Angel and Tess see each other for the first time.

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

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

10. What kind of personality is Tess's mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Tess is constantly pursued (by Angel, by Alec, by poverty, by bad luck, and perhaps by fate). Hardy makes this theme clear using a number of symbolic references, such as the scene with the dying pheasants, and reference to the place where Alec seduced her as "The Chase". Discuss at least three such symbols and say how they add to the overall atmosphere of oppression that surrounds Tess as 'the hunted' character.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 47, Alec tells Tess that because she is the cause of his religious backsliding, she is obligated to marry him and share in his fate. What does he mean by this, and does his reasoning make any sense?

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