Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

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Phase the Second: Maiden No More, Chapters 12–15: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Alec want to catch up with and talk to Tess?

2. What final piece of advice does Alec give Tess?

3. Who has started the sign-painter on his work?

4. Why is Tess so struck by the sign-painter’s messages?

5. Why is Joan disappointed with Tess?

6. What happens when Tess decides to attend church?

7. What does Tess do after the parson is not allowed in to see her dying infant?

8. What is Tess’s reaction to the parson saying her infant may not be allowed a standard Christian burial?

9. What name does Tess give to her infant?

10. Why does Tess wish to leave Marlott?

Answers
1. If he cannot convince her to return to Trantridge, he will at least ride her the rest of the way home to Marlott.

2. Alec advises Tess to display her beauty, her prime advantage, to the world.

3. An evangelical preacher named Mr. Clare started the sign-painter on his unusual work.

4. Tess has the...

(The entire section is 311 words.)