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 is the prisoner accused of treason?

3. What does Carton confess to Lucie when he visits her?

4. Chapter 18 What is the condition of Doctor Manette when Charles leaves his room on Lucie's wedding day?

5. What does the newlywed's visitor ask of Charles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Chapter 7 Describe the cold heartedness of Marquis Evremonde in this chapter.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Evaluate the relationship between Madame Defarge and Monsieur Defarge.

2) How are they a good match?

3) How do they interact with one another? What are the qualities of their marriage?

4) Cite examples from the story proving their acceptance of one another and their role in the revolution?

Essay Topic 2

1) Evaluate the evidence presented to the Tribunal in the second case against Charles Darnay.

2) Do you think the testimony given by the Defarges and the letter from Doctor Manette are convincing?

3) Defend or criticize the verdict of the Tribunal.

Essay Topic 3

1) What are some of the differences between the French aristocrats' way of life with that of the common citizens?

2) What indications are there that the Monseigneur and the Marquis Evremonde consider theirs a superior culture and treat the common people as inferior creatures?

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