A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Book the Second, Chapters 1 and 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How is Tellson’s Bank described at the beginning of the chapter?

2. What is the eighteenth century view of the death penalty in England?

3. Why does Jerry Cruncher call his wife “a conceited female,” and what is her reaction to this?

4. What is the significance of the striking physical resemblance between Jerry Cruncher and his son?

5. Why is there such a large crowd in the courtroom?

6. What does Jerry Cruncher ask the man who assumes that Darnay will be found guilty?

7. Why do all eyes in the courtroom turn to Lucie Manette?

8. How is Lucie Manette different from those around her in the courtroom?

9. How is this strength undermined?

10. On what suspenseful note does the chapter end?

Answers
1. Tellson’s Bank is an unchanging, old-fashioned place, proud of its dirtiness and ugliness.

2. The death penalty was in great use for even minor crimes.

3. He...

(The entire section is 305 words.)