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. In Chapter 49, who does Tess learn has died?

2. When Tess tells Alec of Angel's visit, how does he react?

3. Who discovers the murder?

4. How does Marian react to the marriage?

5. What does Angel ask of the men who have come for Tess?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene in which Angel is sleepwalking. What significance does this scene have?

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

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

4. When Angel learns that Tess is at Sandbourne and has taken the name Mrs. D'Urberville, what does he think?

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 31, Tess asks her mother's advice about what to tell Angel. What does her mother tell her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Hardy describe Tess and Angel in terms of Adam and Eve? Discuss what this sort of description implies about their relationship, and the way they regard each other. Is there any hope for a relationship of this kind?

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

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.

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