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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. When her parents still don't come home, what does Tess finally do?
2. Who meets Tess and shows her around Tantridge?
3. In Chapter 27 what does Angel do on his return to Talbothays?
4. What does Mr. Crick think made the butter taste unpleasant?
5. Why does the character who picks on Tess do so?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 5 Tess is pressured to approach the D'Urbervilles for money. What does this scene, and her response, show about her?
2. Describe the circumstances under which Angel and Tess see each other for the first time.
3. How is Mr. Durbeyfield portrayed in in the first chapter?
4. 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?
5. In Chapter 19, Hardy introduces another of the perceived road blocks to the relationship between Tess and Angel, from her point of view. What?
6. How is Mrs. D'Urberville described?
7. Why does Tess tell Angel she will explain everything to him the next Sunday?
8. What is the local superstition about butter with a funny taste?
9. 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?
10. What story does Tess hear at the farm that makes her resolve (again) not to marry Angel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Alec and Angel. As archetypes, what do these two characters contribute to Hardy's overall message or theme?
Essay Topic 2
What reason does Tess give Angel for having killed Alec? Do her reasons make sense? Do they justify her actions?
Essay Topic 3
When Tess tells Alec about her visit from Angel, he is both angry and mocking. Do you think his reaction is justified?
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