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 does the parson tell Mr. Durbeyfield?

2. Tess receives an offer of work at Tantridge taking care of the _____.

3. What does Angel threaten to do if Tess still refuses his proposals?

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

5. How much time has elapsed between the time Tess came home from Tantridge and the time she starts working at Talbothays?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How is Mrs. D'Urberville described?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Tess has been portrayed throughout as a good and moral person with a great deal of integrity who is consistently trying to do the right thing. However, when she arrives at her parents' house and finds that they are angry at her for leaving Angel, she leaves them half her money and goes away, telling them she is joining Angel at a new farm. In other words, she lies. Is this consistent with her earlier behavior? Or, does this suggest that there are other things motivating her, as well as moral 'right'? If so, what?

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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