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A STEP BEYOND
STUDY QUESTIONS - QUIZ - TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. The novel is divided into three parts: "Recalled to Life," "The Golden Thread," and
_____ 2. Following "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," Dickens wrote,
"It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness"
_____ 3. Jarvis Lorry's return message to Jerry Cruncher
AT DOVER FOR MAM'SELLE
_____ 4. Dr. Alexandre Manette had been imprisoned by
A. a lettre de cachet
_____ 5. One of the recurring themes of the book is
A. the purification of society during
the Reign of Terror
_____ 6. An aspect of symbolism is seen in
A. Lucie's golden hair
_____ 7. The Defarges kept the door to Dr. Manette's room locked because
A. they felt he could
not handle the idea of freedom
_____ 8. In Chapter 4, Dickens uses a metaphor in which he compares a raging sea to
A. the dangers of
life in the 18th century
_____ 9. Charles Darnay's London trial gives Dickens the opportunity to
A. explain the workings of the Old Bailey
_____ 10. The jackal and the lion stand for
11. Analyze Dickens' attitude toward the mob, giving examples from the novel.
12. Discuss the theme of fate in A Tale of Two Cities, relating it to history and to the lives of the characters.
13. Trace the evolution of water imagery in A Tale of Two Cities, citing three examples.
14. The coincidences in A Tale of Two Cities are piled so high as to be implausible. True or false? Support your position with evidence from the novel.
15. A Tale of Two Cities is a tale of symmetries. Many actions are balanced by previous ones. Discuss in detail one pair of symmetrical scenes, and explain their importance.