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. When her parents still don't come home, what does Tess finally do?

2. What does Angel tell Tess about Alec?

3. What do Angel and Tess find they have in common, that surprises them both?

4. Why does the character who picks on Tess do so?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

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

3. 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?

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

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 Tess's reaction when Angel finally confesses his love for her?

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

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

9. What prompts Tess to leave the dance early, and what does this scene tell readers about her character?

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

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

When Tess tells Alec about her visit from Angel, he is both angry and mocking. Do you think his reaction is justified?

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