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. Where does Angel first see Tess?

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

3. In Chapter 1, Mr. Durbeyfield meets the parson on the road. How does the parson greet him?

4. In Chapter 11, what does Alec tell Tess on the way home?

5. Why does Tess decide not to return home from Tantridge after all?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 11, what happens between Alec and Tess?

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

3. How is Mrs. D'Urberville described?

4. In Chapter 6, how is Alec portrayed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Tess discovers that Alec has become a preacher, she doubts that his salvation is authentic. What do you think? Concentrate on Chapters 44 through 47 in answering this question.

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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