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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. At Talbothays,Tess shares sleeping quarters with ____, Izz Rhuett, and Rhetty.

2. What plan does Tess's mother come up with to help the family?

3. What does Tess's mother hope will happen once Tess arrives at Tantridge?

4. Where does Angel first see Tess?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Angel react to Tess's confession about her past?

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

3. Describe the scene in which Angel is sleepwalking. What significance does this scene have?

4. Why is Tess upset when her baby becomes ill and dies, and what does this show about her attitude towards religion?

5. When Tess tells Angel that she has killed Alec, what justification does she give?

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

7. In Chapter 39 what does Angel tell his parents about why Tess is not with him?

8. At Flintcomb Ash, Tess encounters a number of people from her past. Who?

9. What new disaster befalls the Durbeyfields in Chapter 49?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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