Tess of the d'Urbervilles Test | Final 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. What does Tess find out from Marian?

2. In Chapter 48 who arrives with news for Tess?

3. When Angel and Tess finally announce their betrothal, the other dairymaids are ______.

4. While Tess is working in the fields at Flintcomb Ash, Alec appears and asks Tess to ____.

5. After their marriage, Angel makes a confession about his own past, and an incident that happened in London. What does he confess?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprise does Angel plan for their honeymoon? What does he hope to prove to Tess by this plan?

2. In Chapter 41, Tess encounters some dying pheasants on her way to Flintcomb Ash. What is the significance of the pheasants?

3. In Chapter 40, how is Mercy Chant described?

4. Describe the scene on the day of Tess's death.

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

6. How is Flintcomb Ash described in Chapter 42? Why does the description also fit in with Tess's attitude at this point?

7. When Alec returns to Flintcomb Ash and asks Tess a second time to marry him, what does this scene show about his so-called religious conversion?

8. In Chapter 50, how does Tess's attitude towards Alec start to change, and why?

9. What is the significance of the scene at Stonehenge?

10. When Alec sees Tess while he is preaching, what does he ask her to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In Chapter 47, Alec tells Tess that because she is the cause of his religious backsliding, she is obligated to marry him and share in his fate. What does he mean by this, and does his reasoning make any sense?

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