Books will be available for pickup at the start of February.
This book will focus on three key topics including:
- Plot overview
- Character Analysis
- Important Quotation Analysis
Quote to be Analyzed:
I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out. . . .Charles Dickens
I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. . . .
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.
Questions to answer as you read through:
- A Tale of Two Cities opens in 1775. Which of the following does not characterize this period?
- Why are the drivers of the Dover mail coach hesitant to stop for Jerry Cruncher’s message?
- What object does Doctor Manette keep during his imprisonment in order to escape “in spirit”?
- By what name do the men in Defarge’s wine shop call their fellow revolutionaries?
- What skill did Doctor Manette develop in order to pass the time during his incarceration?
- What symbol does Dickens use to portend the bloodshed of the French Revolution?
- During her testimony, to whom does Lucie claim that Charles Darnay alluded on the boat ride from Calais to Dover?
- After Darnay’s acquittal, why does Sydney Carton claim to dislike him?
- To which animal does Dickens compare Sydney Carton?
- A Tale of Two Cities was published in weekly installments from April to November of what year?
- What image does Dickens frequently use to describe Lucie Manette?
- What sound does Lucie often hear echoing off the street when she is in her home?
- Which of the following characters is related to the Marquis, whose carriage runs down a small child?
- Who does Miss Pross believe is the ideal suitor for Lucie Manette?
- What does Mr. Lorry try to persuade Mr. Stryver not to do?
- Who promises Lucie Manette that he would, if necessary, die for her?
- What does Jerry Cruncher frequently go out to do at night?
- Who informs the Defarges that Lucie Manette has married Charles Darnay?
- On the night after Lucie and Charles are married, what does Doctor Manette do?
- During the storming of the Bastille, who decapitates the fortress’s guard?
- Why does the Paris mob kill Foulon?
- What is the duration of Manette’s psychological relapse after Lucie leaves for her honeymoon?
- 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?
- Who does the spy John Barsad turn out to be?
- Why was Doctor Manette imprisoned?