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 has Tess made a pact with the other dairymaids?

2. In Chapter 25 Angel decides to go back to his parents' home. Why?

3. What conditions does Tess place on her agreement to go live with the D'Urbervilles in Tantridge?

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

5. In Chapter 12, what does Tess decide to do after she's been at the D'Urberville mansion for a few weeks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Angel uses the phrase "Three Leahs to get to one Rachel." What does he mean by this?

4. Why does Tess tell Angel she will explain everything to him the next Sunday?

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the 'double standard' that Angel embraces with respect to the relationships he and Tess have had in the past. Concentrate on Chapters 34 and 35. What do you think of Angel after this? Has your opinion of him changed. Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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