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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

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This workbook features the popular 1859 English novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Does this beloved novel really need a description? Doctor Manette, locked in the Bastille for eighteen years... Lucie Manette, his beautiful daughter... Charles Darnay, the aristocrat who marries Lucie... Madame Defarge, who wishes to see Charles Darnay and his family exterminated... Sydney Carton, the man whose unrequited love for Lucie leads him to sacrifice his own life for her happiness... All set in the tumult of the French Revolution.

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  1. B - 1789
  2. B - False
  3. B - Hotel de Ville
  4. D - Louis XVI
  5. B - False
  6. B - False
  7. Paris
  8. London
  9. D - Victorian
  10. 1775
  11. Answers will vary
  12. Answers will vary
  13. The roads were very dangerous, with many robbers (highwaymen) holding up coaches
  14. Jarvis Lorry
  15. Answers will vary
  16. M - highwayman
  17. B - blunderbuss
  18. F - cutlass
  19. R - tremulous
  20. K - genial
  21. L - hardihood
  22. D - cessation
  23. P - soliloquy
  24. A - adjuration
  25. G - ejaculated
  26. E - conscience
  27. I - expeditiously
  28. O - mutinous
  29. J - floundering
  30. Q - substratum
  31. C - capitulated
  32. N - mire
  33. H - emphatic
  34. Answers will vary
  35. A - True
  36. He dreams about exhuming the body of a man who has been buried alive for eighteen years
  37. Answers will vary
  38. B - Jarvis Lorry
  39. Concord
  40. Fifteen years
  41. A - France
  42. Seventeen years old, with blonde hair and blue eyes
  43. France
  44. Jarvis Lorry
  45. She didn't want to tell Lucie that her father might be languishing in prison
  46. Answers will vary
  47. Answers will vary
  48. D - Red
  49. B - No
  50. A - True
  51. C - English Channel
  52. England (or Great Britain, or the United Kingdom)
  53. A large cask of wine
  54. Saint Antoine
  55. B - False
  56. Answers will vary
  57. Yellow waistcoat with green breeches
  58. C - stout
  59. Jacques
  60. C - Monsieur
  61. A - Madame
  62. B - Mademoiselle
  63. Lucie Manette
  64. D - small attic
  65. Shoemaking (cobbling)
  66. England
  67. Lorry and Defarge
  68. B - knitting
  69. A - bewilderment
  70. B - coercion
  71. O - salutation
  72. K - lethargy
  73. T - suppressed
  74. W - vagrancy
  75. S - subtle
  76. L - obliterated
  77. E - discernible
  78. F - disclosure
  79. R - steadfastly
  80. H - feeble
  81. Q - spectral
  82. C - curiosity
  83. D - deplorable
  84. V - traversed
  85. N - resonance
  86. P - solitude
  87. U - transparent
  88. M - resemblance
  89. G - dreadful
  90. J - implore
  91. I - haggard
  92. 1780
  93. B - False
  94. Jerry Cruncher
  95. B - False
  96. Old Bailey (the courthouse)
  97. A - True
  98. Charles Darnay
  99. John Barsad
  100. Sydney Carton
  101. A - True
  102. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton
  103. Sydney Carton
  104. Mr. Stryver
  105. Sydney Carton
  106. Mr. Stryver
  107. Answers will vary, but might include depression
  108. Clerkenwell
  109. Soho
  110. Solomon Pross
  111. Answers will vary
  112. Answers will vary
  113. Sydney Carton
  114. Jerry Cruncher
  115. D - 4
  116. Answers will vary
  117. Gaspard
  118. Monsieur Gabelle
  119. He jumped off of the coach on the hillside
  120. She asks for some sort of tombstone for her husband
  121. Charles
  122. Charles Darnay
  123. Answers will vary, but should include the idea that by hating the wealthy, the poor are acknowledging the power of the wealthy over them
  124. B - False
  125. Marquis Evremonde (Monseigneur)
  126. French tutor
  127. Lucie Manette
  128. Answers will vary
  129. Lucie Manette
  130. Mr. Lorry
  131. B - False
  132. Answers will vary
  133. C - Roger Cly
  134. Jerry Cruncher is a "resurrection man," stealing fresh corpses from cemeteries to sell for medical research
  135. B - False
  136. B - Jacques
  137. Monseigneur killed the man's son with his coach
  138. He is hanged
  139. She knits it using her own code
  140. D - Versailles
  141. John Barsad
  142. Ernest
  143. D'Aulnais
  144. Answers will vary
  145. Miss Pross
  146. Answers will vary, but should include the contrast between Mr. Lorry's present closeness with the Manettes, and his previous statements regarding his disinterest in them outside of their affiliation with Tellson's Bank
  147. Shoemaking (cobbling)
  148. Nine days and nights
  149. His shoemaker's bench and cobbling tools
  150. Sydney Carton
  151. Answers will vary
  152. B - Son
  153. Bastille
  154. Dr. Manette's
  155. She cuts off his head
  156. Seven
  157. Foulon
  158. B - False
  159. Jarvis Lorry
  160. Gabelle
  161. Answers will vary
  162. D - 1792
  163. He must be declared a good citizen in Paris
  164. B - 2
  165. La Force
  166. Saint Germain Quarter
  167. D - Doctor Manette and Lucie Manette
  168. Jerry Cruncher
  169. Madame Defarge, Monsieur Defarge, and the Vengeance
  170. Answers will vary
  171. J - melancholy
  172. G - emigrant
  173. E - domicile
  174. B - compromise
  175. A - acquiescence
  176. F - dubiously
  177. D - doleful
  178. I - influence
  179. L - repudiated
  180. K - propitiate
  181. H - imperil
  182. C - demur
  183. Inspecting physician of three prisons
  184. Answers will vary
  185. A wood-sawyer
  186. Madame Defarge
  187. He is charged with being an emigrant
  188. A - True
  189. Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher
  190. Madame and Monsieur Defarge
  191. Good Republican Brutus of Antiquity
  192. Her brother, Solomon
  193. John Barsad
  194. Sydney Carton
  195. Jerry, working as a resurrection man, attempted to exhume Roger Cly's body years before, but found no corpse in the coffin
  196. Young Jerry, his son
  197. B - Guillotine
  198. 63
  199. Ernest Defarge, Theres Defarge, and Alexandre Manette
  200. Paper written in Doctor Manette's handwriting
  201. December, 1767
  202. Answers will vary
  203. Answers will vary
  204. D - Sydney Carton
  205. Charles Darnay
  206. Madame Defarge is the younger sister of the woman and boy who died due to the actions of Charles Darnay's father and uncle
  207. Fifty-two (52)
  208. A - True
  209. Doctor Manette, Lucie Manette, and young Lucie Darnay
  210. Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher
  211. A - Madame Defarge
  212. Answers will vary
  213. Answers will vary
  214. Answers will vary
  215. A
  216. A
  217. B
  218. A
  219. B
  220. B
  221. A
  222. A
  223. A
  224. B
  225. B - 1789
  226. B - False
  227. B - Hotel de Ville
  228. D - Louis XVI
  229. B - False
  230. B - False
  231. Paris
  232. London
  233. D - Victorian
 
 
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