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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens


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1. A Tale of Two Cities opens in 1775. Which of the following does not characterize this period?

2. Why are the drivers of the Dover mail coach hesitant to stop for Jerry Cruncher’s message?

3. What object does Doctor Manette keep during his imprisonment in order to escape “in spirit”?

4. By what name do the men in Defarge’s wine shop call their fellow revolutionaries?

5. What skill did Doctor Manette develop in order to pass the time during his incarceration?

6. What symbol does Dickens use to portend the bloodshed of the French Revolution?

7. During her testimony, to whom does Lucie claim that Charles Darnay alluded on the boat ride from Calais to Dover?

8. After Darnay’s acquittal, why does Sydney Carton claim to dislike him?

9. To which animal does Dickens compare Sydney Carton?

10. A Tale of Two Cities was published in weekly installments from April to November of what year?

11. What image does Dickens frequently use to describe Lucie Manette?

12. What sound does Lucie often hear echoing off the street when she is in her home?

13. Which of the following characters is related to the Marquis, whose carriage runs down a small child?

14. Who does Miss Pross believe is the ideal suitor for Lucie Manette?

15. What does Mr. Lorry try to persuade Mr. Stryver not to do?

16. Who promises Lucie Manette that he would, if necessary, die for her?

17. What does Jerry Cruncher frequently go out to do at night?

18. Who informs the Defarges that Lucie Manette has married Charles Darnay?

19. On the night after Lucie and Charles are married, what does Doctor Manette do?

20. During the storming of the Bastille, who decapitates the fortress’s guard?

21. Why does the Paris mob kill Foulon?

22. What is the duration of Manette’s psychological relapse after Lucie leaves for her honeymoon?

23. Who develops a habit of watching and speaking to Lucie as she waits on a Paris street corner each day, hoping that Darnay will be able to see her from his prison window?

24. Who does the spy John Barsad turn out to be?

25. Why was Doctor Manette imprisoned?

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by whathastheworldcometo, March 25, 2013

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by mahelah1, December 12, 2013

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by 16jpaule, January 30, 2014

The paragraph about the theme that sacrifice is necessary is written like the writer believes the violence of the French Revolution (like the guillotine) was necessary, but to me it seemed like Dickens was clearly condemning the violence, if not the revolution itself. It also uses what Mrs. Defarge said to her husband, but she's a villain in the story, and I don't think we should be taking her word for it.

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