Tale of Two Cities

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s Tale of Two Cities – Study Guide Questions 2008 Use these over the course of your reading. They are very helpful if you use them!! Book I: "Recalled to Life" Book I, Chapter 1: "The Period" 1. What is the chronological setting of this opening chapter? What clues enable us to determine "The Period"? 2. How does Dickens indicate the severity of social conditions in both France and England? 3. Who is the "king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face"? 4. How does Dickens satirize the superstitious nature of the English? 5. What oblique reference does Dickens make to the American Revolution? 6. How in this chapter does Dickens reveal his advocating social reforms, as well as his hatred of social…show more content…
Book I, Chapter 6: "The Shoemaker" 1. How do we know that nothing really misses the eyes and ears of Madame Defarge? 2. Why did Dr. Manette give his name as "One Hundred and Five, North Tower" (p. 44)? 3. Why is Manette's voice "pitiable and dreadful"? 4. Where apparently does Manette believe himself to be? 5. What connection between Lucy and his own past does Dr. Manette make? 6. 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? 7. How is the conclusion of the first book both pathetic and comic? Book II: "The Golden Thread" (For Discussion) Since there are twenty-four chapters in this section of the novel, we cannot study these in the same detail as we did the highly-significant, first six expository chapters. Please continue to read the notes in the back of the book, such as that on Temple Bar (p. 452). In "The Golden Thread," which opens in London five years after Dr. Manette's escape from France, Dickens satirizes English justice (which Temple Bar indicates was not nearly so enlightened as Dickens's Middle Class readers liked to imagine), lawyers, and courts of law, all of which Dickens knew from his father's imprisonment for debt in 1824 at Marshalsea (notoriously depicted in Little Dorrit, 1855-7), from his own employment at the age of 15 as a lawyer's clerk, and from his stint as a shorthand reporter in the Courts of Doctors (of Law) Commons.

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