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 is a typical condition of the common people in France?

2. What is Mr. Lorry's reaction to Stryver's upcoming plans?

3. Chapter 9 How does Charles Darnay react to dining with Marquis Evremonde?

4. What steps does Foulon take to protect himself from the revolutionaries?

5. Chapter 3 What is the name of the prosecutor's witness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Chapter 20 Explain the request Sydney Carton makes of Charles Darnay while at the home of Doctor Manette.

2. Chapter 5 Describe the metaphorical relationship between Mr. Stryver and Sydney Carton.

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

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

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

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

7. Chapter 10 What is Charles Darnay's purpose in visiting Doctor Manette?

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

9. Chapter 17 How does Doctor Manette feel about Lucie's marriage?

10. Chapter 9 What suspicions does Charles have about his near-death encounter in England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

1) What is the message Dickens is trying to convey about life in France and England in the late 1700s?

2) Does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the actions of the character during the French Revolution?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life?

Essay Topic 3

1) Summarize the events leading up to the French Revolution and compare these to the depictions that Dickens gives in the novel.

2) How realistic are Dickens' descriptions of the revolution, the patriots, and the aristocrats?

3) Are the punishments and executions accurately portrayed by Dickens?

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