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. What kind of work does Tess do at Talbothays?

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

3. At the dance, why does Angel leave without talking to Tess?

4. Talbothays is located very close to ______.

5. In Chapter 23, what do Tess and the other dairymaids encounter on the way to church?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 19, Hardy introduces another of the perceived road blocks to the relationship between Tess and Angel, from her point of view. What?

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

3. How is Mr. Durbeyfield portrayed in in the first chapter?

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

5. How do Tess and Angel manage to spend time together at Talbothays?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

In Chapter 51, Tess contemplates the burial monuments of her ancestors, saying, "Why am I on the wrong side?" Is death the only realistic fate for Tess from here on? Or is there still a way that she could escape her 'fate'?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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