A Tale of Two Cities Reading Quizzes

A Tale of Two Cities Reading Quizzes
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These are six quizzes on segments of the novel, ranging in length from ten to fourteen questions each, for a total of 72 items. All my quizzes are designed to be fair but challenging also. They are also designed to be easy to correct. All answers, naturally, are provided.

A Tale of Two Cities is an amazing achievement. I believe Dickens wrote it at the absolute peak of his story-telling skills. I have been poring over the production of a detailed study guide, and I'm having so much trouble deciding when to stop probing the depths of meaning because there are so many layers to every morsel of his work. At any rate, I offer these reading quizzes for now.

My conventional study guide is available here on TpT, and selected detailed study guides for Book the First and a little more of the novel.

The numerous characters in this story make a first reading incredibly difficult for anyone, let alone high school students. Characters are loaded with emotional intensity fairly early in the story, and the impact of this story toward the end of it depends largely on students' awareness of who these people are, what roles they have played earlier, and how they have interacted. Carton's self-sacrifice obviously becomes much more significant and inspiring when you remember his promise to Lucie.

I would advise any teacher to post names on the board in advance of their reading and ask students to identify and take brief notes on them as they read. Quizzes will then be manageable, as will reading.

Also post words used in unusual ways by the author, such as "mail," "flopping," "quartering," and many more.

Gene Wohlsdorf

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