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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. Where does Angel finally confess his love for Tess?

2. Tess proves herself to have a stubborn streak. In Chapter 8, how is her stubbornness shown by the author?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Angel receives different treatment from the Cricks than the other farm help does. How? Why does Hardy mention this in some detail?

4. 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?

5. What story does Tess hear at the farm that makes her resolve (again) not to marry Angel?

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 5 Tess is pressured to approach the D'Urbervilles for money. What does this scene, and her response, show about her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is often said that a "punishment should fit the crime." Discuss this statement in connection with either Tess or Alec. Does this saying hold true in their cases? Why or why not? Make sure that you clearly describe both the crime and the punishment.

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

When Tess decides to go to Talbothays Dairy to work as a dairymaid, it is clear that she wants to get away from the past. But Hardy says that she is also partially motivated by "the invincible instinct towards self-delight." Discuss what he means by this, and whether you think it applies to Tess. Make sure you use concrete examples from the text to back up what you say.

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