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. Angel tries to help Tess out with her chores. What does he do?

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

3. Who does Tess overhear talking about Angel?

4. When Angel encounters the dairymaids trying to cross the river on the way to church, what does he do?

5. How does Angel react when Tess tells him about her past?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

4. What is Tess's reaction when Angel finally confesses his love for her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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