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. Angel receives another letter, written anonymously by whom?

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

3. In Chapter 46, who is Tess referring to when she says "He won't hurt me, he's not in love with me."

4. In Chapter 51 Tess arrives at the new lodgings to find that ___.

5. What do Angel's parents read to him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Angel find when he goes to Marlott? What action does he take and why?

3. Several individuals are instrumental in changing Angel's attitude towards Tess during their estrangement. Describe what they do, and Angel's reaction to this.

4. In Chapter 33, Tess assumes Angel knows about her past and forgives her. Why?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Thomas Hardy's subtitle refers to a 'pure' woman. Discuss this idea of 'purity' with respect to the main character. Is Tess a 'pure woman' - why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Tess has been portrayed throughout as a good and moral person with a great deal of integrity who is consistently trying to do the right thing. However, when she arrives at her parents' house and finds that they are angry at her for leaving Angel, she leaves them half her money and goes away, telling them she is joining Angel at a new farm. In other words, she lies. Is this consistent with her earlier behavior? Or, does this suggest that there are other things motivating her, as well as moral 'right'? If so, what?

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