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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

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Book the Third, Chapters 4 and 5 Questions and Answers

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1. What does Dr. Manette keep secret from Lucie?

2. How does Dr. Manette gain influence with the new republic?

3. What is the slogan of this new republic?

4. What new device has led to more beheadings and how is this device described?

5. How does Lucie cope with her husband’s imprisonment?

6. What small consolation does Dr. Manette arrange for Lucie and Charles?

7. Where is the coincidental location of this spot?

8. What interest does the wood-sawyer take in Lucie?

9. Yet, who passes by this very spot soon after?

10. How does this chapter end?

1. He does not tell her that 1,100 prisoners have been killed in the past four days.

2. He takes advantage of his status as a martyr in the eyes of the new republic.

3. “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death.”

4. The guillotine is the device, and it is described as a “sharp female.”

5. She displays her “quietly loyal … and good” strength.

6. He arranges for Lucie to stand on a spot where Charles can see her from his prison window.

7. It is right outside the shop of the wood-sawyer, who used to be the mender of roads.

8. He outwardly claims that what she is doing is none of his business.

9. Madame Defarge appears at this spot.

10. It ends with Dr. Manette announcing that Charles’ trial will be on the next day.

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