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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. In Chapter 3, Tess is left in charge of all the younger children. Where have her parents gone?

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

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

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

5. Tess believes she is related to the D'Urbervilles at Tantridge by family ties. What kind of family ties exist between them?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. In Chapter 5 Tess is pressured to approach the D'Urbervilles for money. What does this scene, and her response, show about her?

5. What arguments does Angel give his parents to convince them that marrying Tess is a good idea?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Why does Tess go to work at Talbothays, and what does she hope will happen once she is away from home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tess has been portrayed throughout as a good and moral person with a great deal of integrity who is consistently trying to do the right thing. However, when she arrives at her parents' house and finds that they are angry at her for leaving Angel, she leaves them half her money and goes away, telling them she is joining Angel at a new farm. In other words, she lies. Is this consistent with her earlier behavior? Or, does this suggest that there are other things motivating her, as well as moral 'right'? If so, what?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Hardy describe Tess and Angel in terms of Adam and Eve? Discuss what this sort of description implies about their relationship, and the way they regard each other. Is there any hope for a relationship of this kind?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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