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 is one of Tess's duties at the farm?

2. Which character, introduced in Chapter 10, picks on Tess?

3. Who does Tess overhear talking about Angel?

4. Angel's father refused to send him to college. Why?

5. When Tess is introduced to Mrs. D'Urberville, how is she treated?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tess's mother react when she returns home after her sexual encounter with Alec? What does Mrs. Durbeyfield's reaction tell us about her as a mother?

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

3. In Chapter 15, how does Hardy show that Tess is still suffering from depression and hopelessness?

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

5. In Chapter 10, one of the characters says "Out of the frying pan into the fire!" What is meant by this, and why does Hardy include this scene?

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

7. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

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

9. In Chapter 11, what happens between Alec and Tess?

10. How do Tess and Angel manage to spend time together at Talbothays?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Tess discovers that Alec has become a preacher, she doubts that his salvation is authentic. What do you think? Concentrate on Chapters 44 through 47 in answering this question.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Alec and Angel. As archetypes, what do these two characters contribute to Hardy's overall message or theme?

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