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. Alec offers Tess and her family lodgings at ____.

2. In Chapter 41, while walking in the woods, Tess comes across _____.

3. What advice does Tess receive in response to the letter she has sent asking for advice about whether to tell Angel the truth?

4. Why does Angel hit another man in Chapter 33?

5. In Chapter 52, Angel returns to ____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What action do Marian and Izz take in Chapter 51 to protect the relationship between Tess and Alec, and why?

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

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

4. What happens when Tess and Angel are at Stongehenge?

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

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

7. In what way does the last scene, of Angel and Liza Lu walking away hand in hand, echo Mrs. Durbeyfield's advice to Tess when she finds out she is pregnant?

8. Why does Alec ask Tess to marry him in Chapter 46?

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

10. Describe the scene of Alec's murder.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At various points throughout the book, Tess seems undecided about whether she should tell Angel about her past. Do you think she should tell him, or not? If so, when should she tell him? In either case, back up your opinion with good reasons.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 46 Tess says, "How can I pray for you, when I am forbidden to believe that the great Power who moves the world would alter his plans on my account?" How is this to be interpreted, in light of all that has happened to her? Is she becoming cynical? Bitter? Or is she simply being realistic?

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