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. After Angel returns from Brazil, he leaves his parents' home and sets out to look for Tess. Where does he go first to look for her?

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

3. When Tess tells Angel about her true past, how does she expect he will react?

4. What does Tess find out from Marian?

5. What does Angel expect Tess to do when she sees him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In Chapter 38 when Tess arrives at her parents' house after having left Angel, what lie does she tell? Why?

4. In Chapter 44, why does Tess decide to go to Angel's parents, and what happens on her journey?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the three dairymaids who are in love with Angel find out that he is to marry Tess, they react in very different ways. What do their reactions tell us about their true character(s)? You can either compare and contrast the reactions of all three, or choose one character to focus on. In either case, make sure you use examples from the text to expand and support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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