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. Angel's two brothers are named Cuthert and ____?

2. How does Tess react to what Alec tells her?

3. What is Tess's reaction to the job offer at Tantridge?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Tess tell Angel she will explain everything to him the next Sunday?

3. What prompts Tess to leave the dance early, and what does this scene tell readers about her character?

4. What kind of personality is Tess's mother?

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

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. What arguments does Angel give his parents to convince them that marrying Tess is a good idea?

8. Why is Tess upset when her baby becomes ill and dies, and what does this show about her attitude towards religion?

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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'?

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