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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. What job does Tess do at the farm, until winter arrives?
3. After Tess and Angel part, and Angel returns home, his parents are curious because Tess is not with him. Angel tells his parents that he doesn't want them to meet Tess yet because she is _____.
4. To make herself unattractive, Tess _____.
5. In Chapter 36, who says "I think of people more kindly when I am away from them."
Short Essay Questions
1. Given the difficulties in their marriage, and the fact that Angel is not inclined to forgive Tess for her past, what do they decide to do? What happens after they make the decision?
2. How is Flintcomb Ash described in Chapter 42? Why does the description also fit in with Tess's attitude at this point?
3. In Chapter 40, how is Mercy Chant described?
4. In Chapter 38 when Tess arrives at her parents' house after having left Angel, what lie does she tell? Why?
5. 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?
6. Describe the scene of Alec's murder.
7. What new disaster befalls the Durbeyfields in Chapter 49?
8. When Alec sees Tess while he is preaching, what does he ask her to do?
9. In Chapter 39 what does Angel tell his parents about why Tess is not with him?
10. What action do Marian and Izz take in Chapter 51 to protect the relationship between Tess and Alec, and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the 'double standard' that Angel embraces with respect to the relationships he and Tess have had in the past. Concentrate on Chapters 34 and 35. What do you think of Angel after this? Has your opinion of him changed. Why or why not?
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
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.
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