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Tess of the d'Urbervilles Teaching Unit
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- Trace the instances of sleep throughout the novel. For each instance, explain who is sleeping and what happens after the person awakens. How does sleep seem to be a recurring motif throughout the novel?
- Discuss the role of Fate in Tess’s life. How does it determine Tess’s actions and reactions to circumstances?
- Who is the villain in the novel? Discuss who or what could be characterized as the antagonizing force? Is it appropriate or inappropriate to characterize both Alec and society as villains?
- Explain the role of landscape or setting in the novel? How does the setting mirror the action in the story? Do seasonal changes act as symbols throughout the novel? Cite examples from the text as support, illustrating how the setting and action work in tandem.
- How does the role of the narrator function in the novel? Does the narrator help or hinder the reader’s understanding of both the events and the feelings of the characters?
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles is a novel of contrasts between what Tess is supposed to be and what she is. Explain the nature of this contrast. To which family (as representative of a societal group) does Tess belong, the d’Urbervilles or the Durbeyfields?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.