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 does Angel's family want him to marry?

2. When Tess is introduced to Mrs. D'Urberville, how is she treated?

3. At dinnertime, Angel is seated at a different table than the other dairy workers because ______.

4. When her parents do not return from the pub, who does Tess send after them to bring them home?

5. Why does Tess wake up at 2 a.m.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene concerning the accident with the horse. What does that show about Tess's character?

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

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

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

5. How is Mrs. D'Urberville described?

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

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

8. How does Tess's mother react when she returns home after her sexual encounter with Alec? What does Mrs. Durbeyfield's reaction tell us about her as a mother?

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

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

When Tess discovers that Alec has become a preacher, she doubts that his salvation is authentic. What do you think? Concentrate on Chapters 44 through 47 in answering this question.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Thomas Hardy's subtitle refers to a 'pure' woman. Discuss this idea of 'purity' with respect to the main character. Is Tess a 'pure woman' - why or why not?

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