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. Where does Defarge take Charles Darnay when he arrives at the gates of Paris?

2. Who is sitting in the front row during Darnay's trial?

3. What is the plan Doctor Manette tells to Lucie so that Charles can see her from a prison window?

4. What disguise are the two men turning the grindstone wearing?

5. How many people are condemned to die on the same day as Charles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the thoughts of the people on the night after Carton's execution.

2. How does Carton manage to convince Solomon to help him see Charles in prison?

3. Describe what Carton does when he visits Charles in prison.

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

5. What do Carton and Lorry discuss about the fate of Charles?

6. Describe the Carmagnole.

7. Summarize the reaction of the crowd at the innocent verdict for Charles.

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

9. Explain why Mr. Lorry is shocked at the sight of Jerry Cruncher.

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

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) 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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