A Tale of Two Cities Test | Final 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 Madame Defarge plotting?

2. What is Doctor Manette's condition when he returns home from trying to find leniency for Charles?

3. What are Carton's true feelings about Mr. Lorry?

4. What do the people of the city have to say about Sydney Carton's execution at La Guillotine?

5. What does Madame Defarge carry inside her coat as she walks through the streets of Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe who makes up the Tribunal of Charles' trial.

2. How does Lucie make herself known to Charles each day?

3. How does Doctor Manette manage to communicate messages between Charles and Lucie?

4. Explain why Mr. Lorry is horrified to look out the window of Tellson's Bank.

5. Describe what Little Lucie remembers about Sydney Carton years later.

6. There is a knock on Doctor Manette's door. Who is knocking and what is their purpose?

7. How does Carton help the seamstress who is being executed before him?

8. Describe Mr. Lorry's first business consideration with regard to Tellson's Bank.

9. Describe how La Guillotine is used as a symbol of the patriots.

10. Describe the evidence that the Tribunal has against Charles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Doctor Manette's personality and emotional changes throughout the novel.

2) What fears and emotions does he experience as he grows in the three parts of the novel?

3) How do his attitudes change as he develops from a prisoner into a family man?

4) Cite examples of the character changes the doctor goes through from each of the three parts of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

1) Write an introduction to the novel discussing Charles Dickens' writing style, use of dialogue, irony, imagery, and point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

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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