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 11 What does Stryver confess to Carton after a night of carousing?

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

3. Chapter 10 What does Charles Darnay choose as a career?

4. Who does Dickens describe as the idlest and most unpromising man?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Chapter 1 Give a description of Tellson's Bank.

7. Chapter 6 Summarize the physical and emotional state of Doctor Manette.

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

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

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) Compare and contrast the characters of Mr. Lorry and Jerry Cruncher.

2) Summarize the impact each character has on one another.

3) How is each character realistic in his view toward life, considering the time period in which the story takes place?

4) How do their roles as businessmen differ? Cite examples from the novel.

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) Summarize how Charles Dickens uses local color and imagery to describe London and Paris.

2) Cite descriptive examples of the atmosphere, landscaping, the citizens, the wine shop, the prisons, and Tellson's Bank.

3) Does the imagery Dickens uses depict a clear and accurate picture of the cities and the surrounding landscape?

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