English 4 – A Tale of Two Cities – Chapters 5 and 6 Study Questions
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE, DETAILED SENTENCES ON YOUR OWN SHEET OF PAPER. ADD A QUOTE TO SUPPORT EACH ANSWER.
atomies – tiny particles
billets – chunky pieces of wood
farthing – small value of money
feigned – pretended
garret – attic
gloweringly – in a manner characterized by sullen, angry expressions implacable – unchanging
kennel – gutter in a street
modicum – small amount
offal – waste
porringer – shallow cup or bowl
triumvirate – group of three
1. What do you think the spilled wine symbolizes in this story? 2. Find an example of how Charles Dickens uses personification to draw the emotions and sympathies of the reader to the suffering of the peasants. 3. Briefly describe the wine shop owner. What does the following passage from this chapter say about the character of the wine shop owner? “…a man of a strong resolution, and a set purpose; a man not desirable to be met rushing down a narrow pass with a gulf on either side, for nothing would turn the man.” 4. Briefly describe Madame Defarge. What is she doing with her hands? What does the following passage from this chapter say about her character? “…one might have predicated that she did not often make mistakes against herself in any of the reckonings over which she presided.”
5. What information about Lucie’s father’s state of mind is revealed to Mr. Lorry during the climb up the five flights of stairs to Dr. Manette’s room? 6. Who are the other Jacques, and why does Monsieur Defarge show them Dr. Manette in his pitiful condition? What is implied about the secret lives of Monsieur and Madame Defarge?
Chapter 6: The Shoemaker
postilion – person who rides a coach and guides the rear horse of a pair provender – food
1. What is peculiar about the way Dr. Manette listens to the visitors? What is One Hundred and Five, North Tower? 2. How does Dr. Manette...
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