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 is Tess's mother's response when she hears about the sexual encounter between Tess and Alec?

2. Where does Angel finally confess his love for Tess?

3. When Angel tells Tess he loves her, and hugs her, she makes an excuse to move out of his embrace. What is her excuse?

4. Angel is persistent in asking Tess why she will not marry him. What does Tess finally promise him?

5. What does Angel tell Tess about Alec?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the characters of Alec and Angel. As archetypes, what do these two characters contribute to Hardy's overall message or theme?

Essay Topic 3

Alec asks Tess to wear a veil so that she won't tempt him. Then he asks her to swear on a holy icon that she will never tempt him again. What does this scene say about Alec's attitude towards Tess particularly, and women in general?

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