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. How many people does Miss Pross tell Mr. Lorry come calling for Miss Lucie?

2. What is the common view of Jerry's secret trade?

3. What is the relationship Carton has with Stryver?

4. While Jerry is dreaming, what does he continue to understand as a spectre?

5. What are Mr. Carton's feelings toward Charles Darnay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Chapter3 Explain why Charles Darnay is acquitted of his accused crime.

2. Chapter 14 Describe Jerry Cruncher's disreputable occupation.

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

4. Chapter 24 Summarize what is written in the letter that Charles Darnay receives from his Uncle's servant, Gabelle.

5. Chapter 4 Describe the look that Doctor Manette gives to Charles Darnay as they stand together after the trial.

6. Chapter 11 How does Stryver describe Carton's future prospects?

7. Chapter 15 Explain the meaning of registering the chateau and all its descendants.

8. Chapter 21 What is the golden thread that Dickens uses in the first paragraph of this chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Madame Defarge's final acts in the story.

2) Analyze whether her character completely evil in the end?

3) Justify the answer with examples from the story.

4) What alternatives did she have at the climax of the story?

Essay Topic 2

1) Analyze the image of La Guillotine. What does La Guillotine symbolize?

2) What images does Dickens use to describe La Guillotine as it is being used?

3) How do these images have different meaning for different people?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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