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

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

3. Who does Angel's family want him to marry?

4. At Talbothays Tess meets Angel - what does Angel's father do for a living?

5. When her parents do not return from the pub, who does Tess send after them to bring them home?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What happens on the drive to Mrs. D'Uberville's home?

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

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

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

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

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 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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