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Read every instruction before beginning.
Using a pen, answer each question below.
Unless specifically stated, complete sentences are not necessary.
Turn in this packet for a grade on the day of the novel test, likely during the second week of school.
This packet is a guide; it does not take the place of a close read of the novel.
The test details character and plot information from the novel; expect true/false, multiple choice, quote identification, and discussion. Also, expect to compose an essay analyzing one of the summer reading novels.
Identify the author of the novel.
Using a web site other than Wikipedia, write one paragraph of 8-10 sentences detailing the life of the author. Provide the name of the web site accessed.
Chapter 1: "The Period"
Dickens describes England and France in 1775. How does he compare them?
Both kings are described as having large jaws; what is Dickens telling us about them?
How does Dickens indicate the severity of social conditions in both France and England?
How does Dickens satirize the superstitious nature of the English?
How in this chapter does Dickens reveal his advocating social reforms, as well as his hatred of social injustice?
Chapter 2: "The Mail"
On what the precise date does Chapter Two open?
Why are the Dover mail drivers and passengers so apprehensive of each other?
How does Dickens contrast the characters of Mr. Jarvis Lorry and Jerry Cruncher, both employees of Tellson's Bank?
What is the message that Jerry Cruncher has brought?
What is the rider's reaction to Mr. Lorry's reply "recalled to life"?
What imagery in this chapter suggests death?
Chapter 3: "The Night Shadows"
How does Dickens describe human beings?
What particulars are given about Jerry's appearance?
What is Mr. Lorry's connection with Tellson's Bank?
Why has Lorry undertaken such a journey in such inclement weather?
Chapter 4: "The Preparation"
Identify Jarvis Lorry.
Why does Lucie faint upon hearing Mr. Lorry's story?
How do Mr. Lorry's dress and age suggest that he is, like the bank, which he represents, the very essence of respectability, stability, and tradition?
Why does the brawny, red-haired woman get so angry at Mr. Lorry?
Why had Mrs. Manette maintained the fiction for Lucy that her father was dead?
How does this chapter elucidate Lorry's enigmatic message to Jerry: “recalled to life.”
Chapter 5: "The Wine-Shop"
Why does the wine-seller, Ernest Defarge, admonish Gaspard by placing his hand on the prankster's heart?
How are the inhabitants of St. Antoine both literally and figuratively "gaunt scare crows"?
How are Ernest and Madame Therese Defarge different from the frenzied rabble in their street?
What is the significance of Madame Defarge's knitting?
Who are seen peeping through a hole in the wall at Dr. Manette?
Why has Defarge allowed them to look in?
What is Dr. Manette doing when Mr. Lorry and Lucie first see him?
Why do Defarge and his friends call each other "Jacques" when his Christian name is "Ernest"?
The French King, Louis XVI, though honest and well-meaning, had neither the ability for nor an interest in politics and lost himself in an obsession for locksmithing, a hobby far below his social station. What is comparable in the wasted Dr. Manette?
Chapter 6: "The Shoemaker"
Describe Madame Defarge.
How do we know that nothing really misses the eyes and ears of Madame Defarge?
What is Dr. Manette's mental state?
Identify One Hundred and Five, North Tower.
Why did Dr. Manette give his name as "One Hundred and Five, North Tower"?
How does Lucie react to Dr. Manette?
Why is Manette's voice "pitiable and dreadful"?
Where apparently does Manette believe himself to be?
What connection between Lucy and his own past does Dr. Manette make?
How does Defarge's part in getting Mr. Lorry and the Manettes out of Paris indicate his knowledge of the workings of the acienne regime?
How is the conclusion of the first book both pathetic and comic?
Chapter 1: "Five Years Later"
What does Jerry Cruncher object to his wife doing?
How do Jerry's hands and boots constitute a mystery?
Chapter 2: "A Sight"
Identify Charles Darnay.
How is Dickens critical of both the Old Bailey and Bedlam?
Why are the Manettes in court?
What punishment is meant by "quartering"?
For what crime is the punishment reserved?
What precisely is the charge levelled at Darnay?
What changed impression do we get of Dr. Manette?
Chapter 3: "A Disappointment"
Identify Mr. Stryver.
Identify Sidney Carton.
How does Stryver discredit the prosecution's first witness, John Barsad?
What are the incriminating circumstances under which Darnay had travelled back and forth from England to France?
What is suspicious about the Crown's (prosecution’s) evidence?
How does Roger Cly's testimony seem more conclusive?
How does Stryver confuse the witness who testifies to Darnay's being "in that garrison-and-dockyard town"?
Why is Darnay acquitted?
Chapter 4: "Congratulatory"
How does Mr. Carton feel about himself?
What negative impressions does the reader get of Carton?
What suggestion does Dickens implant in the reader's mind by the closing line of this chapter?
Chapter 5: "The Jackal"
What name does Stryver call Carton?
What words does Dickens use to describe Stryver and Carton?
What does Carton actually do for Stryver?
Chapter 6: "Hundreds of People"
How does Dickens describe the Manettes' home?
Why is Miss Pross jealous of Darnay and Carton?
What do the echoing footsteps foreshadow?
Chapter 7: "Monseigneur in Town"
Why does Dickens heap verbally ironic sarcasm (e.g., "his sanctuary of sanctuaries") on Monseigneur?
Why had Monseigneur taken his sister from a convent and married her off (below her social station) to a very rich Farmer-General?
What is the moral climate created by Monseigneur's guests?
What feelings does Monsieur the Marquis have toward the child his carriage has run down?
How does the Marquis rationalize the accident?
In classical myth the three Fates spun, wove, and cut the thread of a person's life — how does Dickens connect Madame Defarge with these supernatural beings from the accident scene to the end of the chapter?
How does Dickens describe the privileged class in France?
Chapter 8: "Monseigneur in the Country"
What is the countryside of France like?
The setting sun's blush on the Marquis' face suggests what fate awaits him?
What accounts for the apathetic conditions of the crops, the village, and its people?
In the last chapter the Marquis thought of the peasants as rats and dogs, and here he addresses the road-mender as "pig" why is his rudeness ironic here?
How does this chapter confirm a connection between Charles and the Marquis?
Chapter 9: "The Gorgon's Head"
According to mythology, what is a Gorgon? (Research online.)
How does the chapter title seem appropriate?
Charles visits his uncle the Marquis and informs him that he renounces his name and property. Why does Charles Darnay do this?
In the conversation between the Marquis and Charles, Dickens gives a hint that at one time the Marquis was able to have someone imprisoned. Who?
What intentions does the Marquis imply he has towards Dr. Manette and to his nephew?
How does the note around the murder weapon explain why the Marquis was killed?
Even though his letter ends with a repeat of the curse on the Evremonde family, how does it also explain Charles' very different nature?
What atrocities, typical of the more decadent land-owners, do the Evremondes commit in this chapter?
Why is Charles condemned to die?
Chapter 11: "Dusk"
How has Carton changed since he landed in France?
To whom may Carton be referring in the closing lines of the chapter?
Chapter 12: "Darkness"
Where does Madame Defarge plan to end her vengeance?
What were Carton's intentions in going to Defarge's wineshop?
What suspicion does Madame Defarge, in conversation with the Vengeance and Jacques Three, confirm for us?
Why has Dr. Manette experienced a profound relapse?
What were the two certificates which Carton left in Larry's care?
Why is Madam Defarge bent on denouncing even little Lucie?
Chapter 13: "Fifty-two"
Why does Carton have Darnay write the letter?
Although his three letters indicate the people most on his mind as he awaits execution, whom ironically does he not even recall?
Who assists Carton to enter Charles' cell?
Charles is reluctant to escape at the cost of Sydney's life: how does Carton force his compliance?
What is the significance of the chapter's title?
Why does Dickens abruptly shift to the first person plural at the end of this chapter?
In the range of prisoners, Dickens gives one whose death at the hands of the revolutionary patriots is merely nemesis, and another whose death is totally undeserved, showing how unjust the Revolution has become. Who are these two?
Chapter 14: "The Knitting Done"
Why has Madame Defarge deliberately excluded her husband from her conference with the Vengeance and Jacques Three?
Why had Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher been left behind?
What extra dimension does the destined confrontation between Miss Pross and Madame Defarge gain by their failIng to understand each other by virtue of their ignorance of the other's language?
Why is Madame Defarge's going to Lucie prior to denouncing her for "plotting" not wholly credible?
In what ways does the reader sense that the revolutionary zealots are going too far in redressing the injustices of the old regime?
How does Cruncher change?
Why is Miss Pross in a "queer condition"?
Chapter 15: "The Footsteps Die Out for Ever"
How is Madame Defarge cheated?
What words about the future are attributed to Carton at the end of the novel?
After the montage of Madame Defarge's approaching Miss Pross, the climatic meeting, and the unexpected consequences of the struggle, the little scene between Miss Pross and Jerry has provided some comic relief. Does this chapter contain the novel's climax, or merely its denouement? Explain.
Who follows the scene of Carton's being driven off to execution with nearly as much apprehension as the reader's?
What do Miss Pross and Sydney Carton now clearly have in common?
How does the word "wine" in this chapter's second line operate on the reader at a number of levels?
What warning does Dickens once again issue to humanity in general, and English society in particular, about the atrocities of the French Revolution?
Sydney Carton said he would die young because of a dissipated and wasted life. How was he both right and wrong?