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. At Talbothays,Tess shares sleeping quarters with ____, Izz Rhuett, and Rhetty.

2. Hardy's description of Tess and Angel likens them to ___.

3. Angel's father refused to send him to college. Why?

4. What plan does Tess's mother come up with to help the family?

5. Why does the character who picks on Tess do so?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Mrs. D'Urberville described?

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

7. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is often said that a "punishment should fit the crime." Discuss this statement in connection with either Tess or Alec. Does this saying hold true in their cases? Why or why not? Make sure that you clearly describe both the crime and the punishment.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When Tess decides to go to Talbothays Dairy to work as a dairymaid, it is clear that she wants to get away from the past. But Hardy says that she is also partially motivated by "the invincible instinct towards self-delight." Discuss what he means by this, and whether you think it applies to Tess. Make sure you use concrete examples from the text to back up what you say.

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