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. Who comes along just as a fight is about to break out between Tess and another woman?

2. What does Tess tell Angel in Chapter 30 about her past?

3. Who actually sent the letter inviting Tess to work at Tantridge?

4. What does Mr. Crick think made the butter taste unpleasant?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Mrs. D'Urberville described?

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

4. Tess tries once more to get the courage to tell Angel the truth. In Chapter 30, what happens when she tries?

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

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

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

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

9. When Angel goes back to visit his family, things seem to have changed. Describe how he and his family see each other now.

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

At various points throughout the book, Tess seems undecided about whether she should tell Angel about her past. Do you think she should tell him, or not? If so, when should she tell him? In either case, back up your opinion with good reasons.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Alec and Angel. As archetypes, what do these two characters contribute to Hardy's overall message or theme?

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