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 does Carton instruct Charles to do when he goes to his prison cell?

2. What does Barsard tell a man who is ridiculing Evremonde as he rides in the death cart?

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

4. What is Madame Defarge plotting?

5. What is the family name that is detested by Saint Antoine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three letters Charles writes from prison before his scheduled execution, and who does he forget?

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

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

4. What is Doctor Manette's reaction to Charles' acquittal?

5. Describe why Madame Defarge goes to visit Lucie.

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

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

8. Describe the reaction of the crowd in the courtyard have toward Doctor Manette when he reveals who he is.

9. Describe the one thing that Monsieur Defarge does not agree with about his wife's thinking.

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

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) Analyze the image of La Guillotine. What does La Guillotine symbolize?

2) What images does Dickens use to describe La Guillotine as it is being used?

3) How do these images have different meaning for different people?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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