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A Tale of Two Cities Teaching Unit
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- Considering that the book was written in installments for weekly publication, discuss how Dickens used chapter titles, foreshadowing, and cliff-hanger endings to maintain interest in his story each week.
- Write a brief character sketch of Madame Defarge. Do you think she is justified in wanting Lucie and her family executed?
- Why does Monsieur Defarge sympathize with Dr. Manette and his family?
- Cite incidents in the novel to support this theme: As a force of nature, love is stronger than hate.
- How does the phrase “recalled to life” impact the life of Jerry Cruncher?
- Support or refute the following statement: Mr. Lorry is a consummate businessman and a loyal friend.
- Contrast the characters Sydney Carton and Mr. Stryver. Which do you find more interesting?
- In what ways may Darnay be said to be a man with a strong social conscience?
- Do you think Lucie Manette had any power to help Carton mend his wasteful ways?
- What epithet is used to describe each of the following characters: Madame Defarge, Mr. Lorry, Lucie, Dr. Manette, Miss Pross, and Jerry Cruncher?
- When and why does Dr. Manette retreat from his life and begin making shoes again?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.