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. How does Tess kill Alec?

2. When Alec appears again, in Chapter 47, he blames Tess for ____.

3. Angel decides to go to _______.

4. What does Tess learn from the person who visits her at the farm in Chapter 48?

5. How does Tess feel when she finds herself taken into captivity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. At Flintcomb Ash, Tess encounters a number of people from her past. Who?

6. In Chapter 34, Tess finally feels safe in telling Angel the truth. What has made her finally feel sure he will forgive her?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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