A Tale of Two Cities Test | Mid-Book 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. What does the newlywed's visitor ask of Charles?

2. What does Lucie request of her husband regarding Mr. Carton?

3. What is a typical condition of the common people in France?

4. What is the prisoner's reaction as he waits before the large crowd to be tried?

5. Chapter 17 Why is Lucie so happy as she sits under the tree with her father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Chapter 16 What does Monsieur Defarge say to his wife in a pleading voice about Lucie Manette's husband?

2. Chapter 8 Summarize the comment Defarge makes to the grieving father who holds his dead child in his hands.

3. Chapter 4 Summarize the news Mr. Lorry bring to Lucie and her reaction to the message.

4. Chapter 6 Analyze how the title of the chapter relates to Carton's musings.

5. Chapter 2 Describe the sentence of quartering, which is the punishment for treason.

6. Describe why Madame Defarge goes to visit Lucie.

7. Describe the reaction of the crowd in the courtyard have toward Doctor Manette when he reveals who he is.

8. Chapter 19 What does Mr. Lorry decide will be beneficial to Doctor Manette's mental condition?

9. Summarize the description Carton gives of Mr. Lorry and how people will feel about him when he is gone.

10. How does Carton help the seamstress who is being executed before him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Summarize the elements of the tragic hero.

2) Which of these elements does Sydney Carton depict?

3) Explain his role as a hero in the novel and what role his final actions play in the story.

Essay Topic 2

1) Write an introduction to the novel discussing Charles Dickens' writing style, use of dialogue, irony, imagery, and point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

Essay Topic 3

1) What is the significance of the woman at the foot of the scaffold, watching Sydney face La Guillotine?

2) How does she envision the thoughts that Sydney is thinking?

3) As written by this woman, what future does Sydney envision for Lucie and her family?

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