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. Where does Mr. Lorry decide to relocate?

2. Who does the Marquis look for when he arrives home?

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

4. Who does odd jobs for Tellson's Bank?

5. Chapter 5 What do most men do as a pastime during the time the story is taking place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Chapter 2 Summarize the message that Jerry delivers to Mr. Lorry.

3. Chapter 13 Summarize Carton's final comments to Lucie in this chapter.

4. Chapter 12 Explain Stryver's final decision about his marriage proposal to Lucie and his reaction to it.

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

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

7. Chapter 23 Summarize what becomes of the Chateau Evremonde where Gabelle still resides.

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

9. Chapter 1 Describe what families living in England in 1775 do if they travel away from their homes?

10. Chapter 18 Describe the great concern Miss Pross and Mr. Lorry have for Doctor Manette after Lucie's wedding.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

1) Discuss how Mr. Lorry grows as a character from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How do his attitudes change toward Tellson's Bank?

3) How does his attitude about his lifestyle change?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward the meaning of life differ from the beginning to the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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