A Tale Of Two Cities Book The First Chapter 1: "The Period"

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A Tale Of Two Cities Book The First Chapter 1: "The Period" - Quiz

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  • 1. 

    In the first paragraph that begins "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," what two words are capitalized?

    • A.

      Good and Evil

    • B.

      Light and Darkness

    • C.

      Wisdom and Foolishness

    • D.

      Hope and Despair

    Correct Answer
    B. Light and Darkness
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Light and Darkness." In the first paragraph, the words "Light" and "Darkness" are capitalized. This is likely done to emphasize the contrasting themes of good and evil, hope and despair, which are central to the overall message of the passage. The capitalization draws attention to these opposing forces and sets the tone for the rest of the text.

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  • 2. 

    What description is given for the King of France?

    • A.

      King with a large jaw

    • B.

      King with a plain face

    • C.

      King with a small jaw

    • D.

      King with a fair face

    Correct Answer
    A. King with a large jaw
    Explanation
    The given correct answer describes the King of France as someone with a large jaw. This suggests that the King has a prominent or noticeable jawline. The description focuses on a physical feature of the King's face, specifically highlighting the size of his jaw.

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  • 3. 

    Who is the King of France during this time period?

    • A.

      King George II

    • B.

      King Louis XVI

    • C.

      King Charles II

    • D.

      King Henry VIII

    Correct Answer
    B. King Louis XVI
    Explanation
    During the time period mentioned, King Louis XVI was the King of France. This can be inferred from the fact that he is the only option provided that is associated with France. King George II was the King of Great Britain and Ireland, King Charles II was the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and King Henry VIII was the King of England. Therefore, King Louis XVI is the most likely answer for the King of France during this time period.

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  • 4. 

    What type of allusion is "loaves and fishes"?

    • A.

      Literary

    • B.

      Mythological

    • C.

      Biblical

    • D.

      HIstorical

    Correct Answer
    C. Biblical
    Explanation
    The phrase "loaves and fishes" is a biblical allusion, referring to the story in the Bible where Jesus miraculously multiplies a small amount of bread and fish to feed a large crowd. This allusion is often used to symbolize abundance or generosity.

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  • 5. 

    In what year does the story open?

    • A.

      1776

    • B.

      1781

    • C.

      1783

    • D.

      1775

    Correct Answer
    D. 1775
    Explanation
    The story opens in the year 1775.

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  • 6. 

    Mrs. Southcott had just turned the age of . . .

    • A.

      30

    • B.

      18

    • C.

      21

    • D.

      25

    Correct Answer
    D. 25
  • 7. 

    Mrs. Southcott was well-known for her . . .

    • A.

      Parties

    • B.

      Political views

    • C.

      Wealth

    • D.

      Prophesies

    Correct Answer
    D. Prophesies
    Explanation
    Mrs. Southcott was well-known for her prophesies. This suggests that she had a reputation for making predictions or foretelling future events. Her prophesies could have been accurate or influential, leading to her fame and recognition. This sets her apart from being well-known for her parties, political views, or wealth, as these factors may not have garnered the same level of attention or recognition in society.

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  • 8. 

    The Cock-lane ghost . . .

    • A.

      Rapped out messages

    • B.

      Appeared during a full moon

    • C.

      Threatened the King of England

    • D.

      Was actually Jack the Ripper

    Correct Answer
    A. Rapped out messages
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "rapped out messages" because the phrase "rapped out messages" refers to the act of the Cock-lane ghost communicating by making knocking sounds, which was a prominent feature of the ghost's alleged haunting.

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  • 9. 

    Who is the "sister of the shield and the trident"?

    • A.

      Hera, wife of Zeus

    • B.

      Helen of Troy

    • C.

      England

    • D.

      Lady Liberty

    Correct Answer
    C. England
    Explanation
    England is referred to as the "sister of the shield and the trident" because the shield represents defense (referring to the British military) and the trident represents sea power (referring to the British Navy). England is often symbolized by a shield and trident, representing its historical military and naval strength.

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  • 10. 

    All of the following might happen to a youth who did not kneel to a procession of monks EXCEPT. . .

    • A.

      Cutting off his hands

    • B.

      Placing his head on a fence post

    • C.

      Pulling out his tongue with pincers

    • D.

      Burning his body alive

    Correct Answer
    B. Placing his head on a fence post
  • 11. 

    The woodman represents . . .

    • A.

      Death

    • B.

      Life

    • C.

      Hunger

    • D.

      Fate

    Correct Answer
    D. Fate
    Explanation
    The woodman represents fate because fate is often depicted as a force beyond human control, just like the woodman's actions. The woodman's chopping of trees is symbolic of the way fate can shape and determine the course of events in life. Just as the woodman has the power to cut down trees, fate has the power to shape and control our lives. Therefore, the woodman is a representation of the concept of fate in this context.

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  • 12. 

    The symbol most likely representative of the woodman is . . .

    • A.

      Guillotine

    • B.

      Gallows

    • C.

      Tumbrils

    • D.

      Scythe

    Correct Answer
    A. Guillotine
    Explanation
    The guillotine is the most likely symbol representative of the woodman because it is a device used for beheading, which is often associated with woodcutters. The guillotine's association with the woodman suggests a connection to the act of cutting or chopping wood. Additionally, the guillotine was historically used during the French Revolution, a time when the woodman profession was prevalent, further strengthening the association between the two.

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  • 13. 

    The farmer represents . . .

    • A.

      Death

    • B.

      Life

    • C.

      Hunger

    • D.

      Fate

    Correct Answer
    A. Death
    Explanation
    The farmer represents death because farming is associated with the cycle of life and death. Farmers are responsible for growing crops, which eventually die and are harvested. Additionally, farmers often work with livestock, which are also raised for eventual slaughter. The farmer's connection to death is further emphasized by the fact that agriculture is closely tied to the seasons, with crops dying in the fall and being reborn in the spring.

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  • 14. 

    The symbol most likely representative of the farmer is . . .

    • A.

      Guillotine

    • B.

      Gallows

    • C.

      Tumbrils

    • D.

      Scythe

    Correct Answer
    C. Tumbrils
    Explanation
    The symbol most likely representative of the farmer is "tumbrils". Tumbrils were carts used during the French Revolution to transport condemned prisoners to the guillotine. Farmers were often associated with the French Revolution as they were part of the Third Estate, which comprised the majority of the population and faced economic hardships. The use of tumbrils symbolizes the struggles and sacrifices made by the farmers during this time of social and political upheaval.

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  • 15. 

    What type of crime was most common in England at this time?

    • A.

      Robbery

    • B.

      Grave-digging

    • C.

      Murder

    • D.

      Picking pockets

    Correct Answer
    A. Robbery
    Explanation
    During this time in England, the most common type of crime was robbery. This suggests that theft and unlawfully taking someone's belongings by force or threat was prevalent. It implies that individuals were frequently targeted for their possessions, indicating a significant issue with theft and criminal activity related to robbery during this period.

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  • 16. 

    The Highwaymen were really . . .

    • A.

      Poor people without jobs

    • B.

      City tradesmen

    • C.

      Bankers

    • D.

      Nobleman

    Correct Answer
    B. City tradesmen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is city tradesmen. The Highwaymen were not poor people without jobs, bankers, or noblemen. They were individuals who robbed travelers on highways, often targeting wealthy merchants and traders. City tradesmen refers to individuals who worked in various trades within the city, such as blacksmiths, carpenters, or tailors. This answer is the most fitting as it aligns with the historical context and occupation of the Highwaymen.

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  • 17. 

    What is a gaol?

    • A.

      Type of soup

    • B.

      A special key

    • C.

      A jail cell

    • D.

      Type of money

    Correct Answer
    C. A jail cell
    Explanation
    A gaol refers to a jail cell. It is a place where individuals who have been convicted of a crime are held as a form of punishment or while awaiting trial. It is a secure facility designed to restrict the movement and freedom of those who are incarcerated.

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  • 18. 

    Who was considered "ever worse than useless"?

    • A.

      The hangman

    • B.

      The king

    • C.

      The queen

    • D.

      The thieves

    Correct Answer
    A. The hangman
    Explanation
    The hangman was considered "ever worse than useless" because his job involved taking the lives of others. While he may have been seen as performing a necessary duty in society, the phrase suggests that his actions were viewed as morally reprehensible and even more detrimental than being completely useless.

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  • 19. 

    Newgate is . . .

    • A.

      The name of the castle

    • B.

      The name of the city

    • C.

      The name of the road

    • D.

      The name of the prison

    Correct Answer
    D. The name of the prison
    Explanation
    Newgate is the correct answer as it refers to the name of a prison.

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  • 20. 

    What is a blunderbuss?

    • A.

      A type of clothing

    • B.

      A type of gun

    • C.

      A type of coach

    • D.

      Type of horse

    Correct Answer
    B. A type of gun
    Explanation
    A blunderbuss is a type of gun. It is a muzzle-loading firearm with a short barrel and a flared muzzle, designed to scatter shot at close range. It was commonly used in the 17th and 18th centuries and is known for its wide and short barrel, which allowed for a wider spread of shot.

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  • 21. 

    What were the robbed coaches usually carrying?

    • A.

      Mail

    • B.

      Textiles

    • C.

      Weapons

    • D.

      Food

    Correct Answer
    A. Mail
    Explanation
    The robbed coaches were usually carrying mail. This can be inferred from the options provided, as the other choices (textiles, weapons, and food) do not typically require coaches for transportation. Additionally, historically, coaches were commonly used to transport mail, making it a logical answer.

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