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 Mr. Lorry grateful for as he sits in Tellson's Bank in Paris?

2. Who accompanies Mr. Lorry to go see Lucie?

3. Who does Solomon blame for his secret identity being exposed?

4. What is Madame Defarge's reaction to the fate of Charles Darnay?

5. What request does Lucie present to the four men holding her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. An escort is forced upon Charles when he enters France. Where does this escort bring him?

6. Explain why Sydney Carton decides to walk around the city, making his presence known.

7. What is the verdict for Charles in this second trial?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

1) What is the significance of the woman at the foot of the scaffold, watching Sydney face La Guillotine?

2) How does she envision the thoughts that Sydney is thinking?

3) As written by this woman, what future does Sydney envision for Lucie and her family?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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