English 11: British Literature Roanoke Catholic Summer Reading List

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English 11: British Literature

Roanoke Catholic Summer Reading List


Over the summer, students are required to read a minimum of two books, one of which must be A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Students should prepare to take a test on A Tale of Two Cities during the first week of school. (The attached study questions are optional, but will aid in understanding the novel. If all questions are completed, students will be allowed to use the answers on the test. Answers must be HANDWRITTEN, NOT TYPED, and must be completed by the first day of school. )
For the second book (which must be chosen from the list below), use the attached instructions “Writing About Summer Reading” to answer each question in one well-written paragraph. This assignment is due on the first day of school.

CODE:  F — fiction; P — poetry; D — drama


Austen, Jane — Pride and Prejudice (F);

Sense and Sensibility (F).

Beckett, Samuel — Waiting for Godot (D).

Blackmore, R. D. — Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor (F).

Bradley, Marion Zimmer — Mists of Avalon (F, Avalon, Book 1).

Brontë, Charlotte — Jane Eyre (F).

Christie, Agatha — Murder on the Orient Express (F);

Death on the Nile (F).

Collins, Wilkie — The Woman in White (F).

Conrad, Joseph — Lord Jim (F);

Coward, Noel — Blithe Spirit (D).

DeFoe, Daniel — Robinson Crusoe (F).

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan — The Lost World & Other Stories (F);

The Hound of the Baskervilles (F).

Du Maurier, Daphne — Rebecca (F);

My Cousin Rachel (F).

Du Maurier, George — Trilby (F).

Eliot, George — Silas Marner (F).

Eliot, T. S. — Murder in the Cathedral (D).

Forster, E. M. — A Room with a View (F).

Gardner, John — Grendel (F).

Gaskell, Elizabeth — Cranford (F).

Godden, Rumer — In This House of Brede;

Five for Summer, Ten for Joy (F).

Goldsmith, Oliver — The Vicar of Wakefield (F);

She Stoops to Conquer (F).

Greene, Graham — The Power and the Glory (F).

Haggard, H. Rider — King Solomon’s Mines (F).

Hardy, Thomas — Tess of the D’Urbervilles (F);

The Mayor of Casterbridge (F);

Far From the Madding Crowd (F).
Hilton, James Lost Horizon (F).

Ishiguro, Kazuo — The Remains of the Day (F).

Joyce, James --A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (F).

Kaye, M. M. — The Far Pavilions (F).

Kipling, Rudyard — Kim (F);

Captains Courageous (F).

Lawhead, Stephen R. — Patrick: Son of Ireland (F);

The Iron Lance (F, The Celtic Crusades, Bk. 1);

Taliesin (F, The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1).

Lewis, C. S. — The Chronicles of Narnia (F).

Llywelyn, Morgan — 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State (F);

Lion of Ireland (F)

McEwan, Ian — Atonement (F).

O’Brian, Patrick — Master and Commander (F).

O’Casey, Sean — The Plough and the Stars (D).

Orwell, George — 1984 (F);

Animal Farm (F).

Pratchett, Terry, & Neil Gaiman — Good Omens (F).

Rutherfurd, Edward — The Forest (F).

Scott, Sir Walter — Ivanhoe (F);

Rob Roy (F).

Shaw, George Bernard — Pygmalion (D).

Sterne, Laurence — Tristram Shandy (F).

Stevenson, Robert Louis — Kidnapped (F);

Treasure Island (F);

Stewart, Mary — The Crystal Cave (F, The Arthurian Saga, Book 1).

Synge, J.M. — The Playboy of the Western World (D).

Tennyson, Arthur, Lord — Idylls of the King (P).

Thackeray, William Makepeace — Vanity Fair (F).

Tolkien, J. R. R. —The Hobbit (F);

The Fellowship of the Ring (F, The Lord of the Rings, Book 1).

Trollope, Anthony — Barchester Towers (F);

The Warden (F).

White, T. H. — The Book of Merlyn (F, sequel to The Once and Future King).

Whyte, Jack — The Skystone (F, The Camulod Chronicles, Book 1).

Wilde, Oscar — The Picture of Dorian Gray (F);

The Importance of Being Earnest (D).

Woolf, Virginia — To the Lighthouse (F)

.Writing About Summer Reading


Look over this assignment before reading.

Do NOT respond on this sheet.


Give the following information about the work you read:

  Title (underlined)



Copyright Date


Respond in complete sentences in paragraph form to each of the following.  Write one paragraph for each numbered response.



What was your first impression of this work (novel, play, nonfiction)?  Why?  Give specific examples from the work to illustrate your points.  (You may want to respond to this after your first reading session.)


2.  PLOT:

What are the most significant incidents in the story told in the work?  (Do not summarize the entire story)  Who/what are involved in the main conflict?  What is the main conflict?  What event serves as the climax of the story?



Choose a character you like particularly well.  Choose another character you dislike.  Clearly identify each of the characters.  Explain your feelings about both characters.  Support your opinions with specifics from the work.



What is the overall mood of this work (sad, humorous, exciting, entertaining, informative, depressing, etc.)?  Describe the writer’s style (word choice and sentence structure, organization of the work).  Is it difficult, easy, interesting, unusual, plain, complicated, etc.? Support your opinion with examples.


5.  MOOD:

Overall, what feelings/emotions did this reading evoke?  Using quotation marks and giving page number(s), quote a brief passage that made you feel that way.  (Keep this in mind as you read: you may want to make note of specific passages.)  Would you recommend this work to others?  Give your reasons.

Study Questions: A Tale of Two Cities
Optional. But as well as helping to guide your understanding of the novel, you will be allowed to use the answers on the test, if they are completed. ANSWERS MUST BE HANDWRITTEN, NOT TYPED
Book I

  1. As the novel opens, in what year is the action set?

  2. How does this first chapter explain the book's title?

  3. Who brings a message to Mr. Lorry, and what exactly is Mr. Lorry's reply?

  4. What details from chapter 2 and 3 help to establish the mood of the novel?

  5. What role did Mr. Lorry play in Lucie’s childhood?

  6. Explain the context of Lucie’s quote: "I am going to see his Ghost! It will be his Ghost- not him!"

  7. Explain the foreshadowing present in chapter 5, when the peasants gather around the spilled cask of wine. Consider this line: “The time was to come, when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there.”

  8. In the wine shop, Defarge and his three customers refer to each other by the same “code name” that signals they are revolutionaries. What is it?

  9. Why did Dr. Manette give his name as "One Hundred and Five, North Tower"?

  10. Whose hair does Manette's keep in a makeshift “locket” around his neck?

Book II

  1. What crime is Charles Darnay accused of?

  2. Why are the Manettes in the courtroom?

  3. How does Mr. Carton (who wrote “a word or two on a little piece of paper, screwed it up, and tossed it” to the defense’s counsel) help to get Darnay acquitted?

  4. How is Sydney Carton characterized in chapters 4-5?

  5. Who is the Jackal and who is the Lion?

  6. In chapter 6, what does Darnay say that upsets Dr. Manette?

  7. What do the echoing footsteps, the “the great crowd of people with its rush and roar, bearing down upon them” foreshadow?

  8. Explain the use of verbal irony at the start of chapter 7. How does it characterize Monseigneur (The Marquis)?

  9. Why does the Marquis toss a coin to Gaspard?

  10. What happens to the coin?

  11. Why did the “mender of the roads” stare at the Marquis’ carriage as it passed him on the road?

  12. What is the connection between Charles Darnay and the Marquis?

  13. What decision does Charles inform the Marquis of, which shows how different they are?

  14. How does the note around the murder weapon explain why the Marquis was killed?

  15. What does Charles wish to speak to Dr. Manette about in Chapter 10?

  16. What secret does Dr. Manette tell Charles to tell him only on his wedding day?

  17. Why does Stryver continually criticize and belittle Sydney Carton for his social lapses? What can we infer about Stryver based on his treatment of Sydney?

  18. How does Dickens suggest the cause of Carton's alcoholism?

  19. Why does Dickens call Carton ironically "the fellow of no delicacy"? (Remember, he labeled Stryver “The Fellow of Delicacy” earlier) What do you think is his actual opinion of both characters?

  20. Compare Sydney Carton's love for Lucie to that of both Stryver and Darnay.

  21. How is Sydney’s vow to Lucie (“For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. […] think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you!") an example of foreshadowing?

  22. Chapter 14’s title ("The Honest Tradesman") is another example of irony. Explain.

  23. In chapter 15, we learn the identity of the Marquis’ murder. Who killed him?

  24. What exactly is the purpose of Madame Defarge’s knitting?

  25. In classical myth the three Fates spun, wove, and cut the thread of a person's life — determining their “fate.” What connection can be drawn between the Fates and Madame Defarge?

  26. Whose name is added to the knitting at the same time as the spy Barsad’s?

  27. In chapter 18, why does Dr. Manette emerge from his conference with the bridegroom deathly pale?

  28. What behavior shows Dr. Manette’s emotional relapse?

  29. What do Lorry and Miss Pross destroy at the end of chapter 19?

  30. What request does Sydney Carton make of Charles in chapter 20?

  31. What request does Lucie make of Charles in chapter 20?

  32. As the years pass, what personal grief do Lucie and Charles suffer?

  33. Who (outside of their immediate family) are the Darnay children especially fond of?

  34. What famous event ( in Paris on July 14, 1789) do the Defarges take part in?

  35. Who once lived in "One hundred and five, North Tower"?

  36. What exactly does Madame Defarge do to the governor?

  37. When Defarge says to his wife "At last it has come," (speaking of the Revolution) what is her exact reply?

  38. What happens to the chateau of the murdered Marquis?

  39. Who is the Marquis de Evremonde?

  40. Why does Charles decide to return to France?

Book III

  1. What happens to Charles in chapter 1 of Book 3?

  2. What is Defarge’s reaction to Charles’s plea for help?

  3. Who are Mr. Lorry’s surprise guests in chapter 2, and why are they in Paris?

  4. Why does Dr. Manette say he leads a “charmed life” in Paris?

  5. What is the mob’s reaction to Dr. Manette’s plea for help?

  6. What does Lucie ask of Madame Defarge, and how does she respond?

  7. How is Dr. Manette a dynamic (undergoes change-not static) character in chapter 4?

  8. What criticism does Dickens direct towards the revolutionaries when he writes: "La Guillotine . . . was the sign of regeneration of the human. It superseded the cross […]Models of it were worn on breasts from which the Cross was discarded, and it was bowed down to and believed in where the Cross was denied.”

  9. What does Lucie do every day for two hours, which shows her love for Charles?

  10. Who (coincidentally) is the wood-sawyer, and what does he pretend to do as he cuts wood?

  11. What is the Carmagnole?

  12. What is the outcome of the trial in chapter 6?

  13. In chapter 7, Charles is again arrested on the afternoon of his release. What two people “denounced” him?

  14. Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher run into a man while shopping. Who is he to Miss Pross? Who does Sydney Carton recognize him to be?

  15. How does Carton get this man to help him, and what favor has Carton asked of him?

  16. What mysterious purchase does Sydney make in chapter 9?

  17. What words give Carton comfort as he wanders the Paris streets? Is their foreshadowing in this section?

  18. What is the identity of Charles' third accuser?

  19. Summarize the contents of the letter found in the Bastille.

  20. What was the Marquis St. Evermonde’s wife’s request of the Doctor? Whose mother was she?

  21. What was the last thing the Doctor wrote in his account, and what effect does its reading have?

  22. Charles is sentenced to die for the sins of his father and uncle (the twin brothers described in the letter). How is that ironic?

  23. As Sydney Carton kisses the sleeping Lucie, what words does her daughter hear him say?

  24. What do the Defarges notice about Sydney Carton?

  25. Sydney overhears Madame Defarge’s plan to accuse Lucie and Manette of spying, and to accuse Lucie’s daughter as well. Why is she so determined to destroy the whole family?

  26. What papers does Carton give Mr. Lorry to hold?

  27. Although his three letters indicate the people most on his mind as he awaits execution, whom ironically does he not even recall?

  28. Summarize the steps of Carton’s plan to save Charles.

  29. What does the seamstress call Sydney when she realizes he is dying for Charles, and what favor does she ask of him?

  30. What is Madame Defarge’s plan and how is the wood sawyer involved?

  31. What happens between Miss Pross and Madame Defarge?

  32. What role does Sydney play in the seamstress’s last minutes?

  33. After the execution, what do onlookers say about Carton’s expression on the scaffold?

  34. According to the narrator, if Sydney had been able to foresee the future, his prophetic thoughts would have shown him a happy future for Lucie and her family. How will she and Charles honor Sydney?

  35. How does the novel's final scene establish the theme of resurrection?

*Some questions created by Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, Victorian Web; Victorian Web ­­­­

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