So You Think You Know Thomas Hardy?: A Literary Quizbook by John Sutherland

By John Sutherland

How good do you actually recognize your favorite writer? Ace literary detective grew to become quizmaster John Sutherland demanding situations the reader to determine. beginning with effortless, real questions that try out how good you keep in mind a singular and its characters, the quiz progresses to a degree of better trouble, difficult shut analyzing and interpretative deduction. What particularly motivates the characters, and what's occurring underneath the skin of the tale? From Bathsheba's valentine to Tess's favorite cows, the themes variety throughout six of Hardy's hottest novels. Designed to amuse and divert, the questions and solutions take the reader on an innovative trip into the realm of Thomas Hardy, the place speculation and hypothesis produce attention-grabbing and unforeseen insights. even if you're knowledgeable or fanatic, ''So you think that you recognize Thomas Hardy?'' promises you are going to recognize him far better after interpreting it.

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3/10 Who ‘might have been called the Rousseau of Egdon’? 3/11 Who is the first person Eustacia ever loved with all her heart? 3/12 What reason does Wildeve give for Thomasin not herself walking across all the way to collect the fifty guineas Mrs Yeobright has for her? 24 The Return of the Native: Questions 3/13 What ominous error arises from the dice game between Venn and Wildeve? 3/14 Where and what is the ‘gypsying’? 3/15 Does Wildeve report Venn’s firearm assault on him to the police? 3/16 What does Venn call his campaign against Wildeve?

How does he know Wildeve’s handwriting, having been away from the area for so long? ’ Whom is she thinking of ? 4/25 Why does Hardy show us so little of the married life of Thomasin and Damon? ☞ Check answers at the end of the book. Give yourself a bonus for every interpretative answer which seems to you (1) correct (2) more plausible, witty, or ingenious than that which I offer. Total all your marks. If you scored 100 (or more), write your own book. Over 60, congratulations; 30 or less–– you will have the pleasure of rereading The Return of the Native.

2/15 How long does the mayor hold office in Casterbridge, and what promotion thereafter is denied Henchard? 2/16 What dialect word in Elizabeth-Jane’s mouth most vexes her ‘father’? 2/17 What is ‘ladies’ hand’? 2/18 How many years does the judicious (and straight-talking) Elizabeth-Jane reckon her mistress, Lucetta, has before she becomes ‘hopelessly plain’? 2/19 What, for those with an eye on the harvest, is the weather like in June, as Henchard’s fortunes progressively fail? 2/20 Why does Henchard (in the scene of Lucetta’s fainting under the pressure of having to accept his proposal) call ElizabethJane a ‘no’thern [northern] simpleton’?

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