Tess of the d'Urbervilles Test | Final Test - Hard

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Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 35, Angel accuses Tess of lacking morals. He blames this on her upbringing and heritage. From what you know of her parents, would you say he is right or wrong? Use concrete examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

When Tess tells Alec about her visit from Angel, he is both angry and mocking. Do you think his reaction is justified?

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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