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

2. Chapter 19 How does Mr. Lorry begin his conversation with Doctor Manette on the tenth day after Lucie's wedding?

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

4. Who is the prisoner's counsel?

5. What is the relationship Carton has with Stryver?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Chapter 22 Describe the fate of the old aristocrat, Foulon.

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

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

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

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

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 Sydney Carton's character changes from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How does his attitude change toward the Manettes?

3) How does his attitude toward Charles Darnay change?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward the way he sees his life from the start of the novel to the end?

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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