Tess of the d'Urbervilles Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

3. What does Tess's mother hope will happen once Tess arrives at Tantridge?

4. Where does Angel first see Tess?

5. At Talbothays Tess meets Angel - what does Angel's father do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Angel react to Tess's confession about her past?

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

3. Describe the scene in which Angel is sleepwalking. What significance does this scene have?

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

5. When Tess tells Angel that she has killed Alec, what justification does she give?

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

7. In Chapter 39 what does Angel tell his parents about why Tess is not with him?

8. At Flintcomb Ash, Tess encounters a number of people from her past. Who?

9. What new disaster befalls the Durbeyfields in Chapter 49?

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

Essay 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

Why does Hardy describe Tess and Angel in terms of Adam and Eve? Discuss what this sort of description implies about their relationship, and the way they regard each other. Is there any hope for a relationship of this kind?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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