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 kind of work does Tess do at Talbothays?

2. Who does Tess overhear talking about Angel?

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

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

5. How old is Tess when she goes to Talbothays?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why does Tess go to work at Talbothays, and what does she hope will happen once she is away from 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 5 Tess is pressured to approach the D'Urbervilles for money. What does this scene, and her response, show about her?

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

6. 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?

7. Tess tries once more to get the courage to tell Angel the truth. In Chapter 30, what happens when she tries?

8. What is the local superstition about butter with a funny taste?

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

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

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

When Tess tells Alec about her visit from Angel, he is both angry and mocking. Do you think his reaction is justified?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the 'double standard' that Angel embraces with respect to the relationships he and Tess have had in the past. Concentrate on Chapters 34 and 35. What do you think of Angel after this? Has your opinion of him changed. Why or why not?

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