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'A Tale of Two Cities' Questions for Study and Discussion

Charles Dickens' Famous Novel

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A Tale of Two Cities is an famous work of Victorian literature. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in A Tale of Two Cities? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?

  • How does Charles Dickens reveal character in A Tale of Two Cities?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in A Tale of Two Cities? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Are the characters consistent in their actions? Which of the characters are fully developed? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Is war a character in the novel? Why or why not? How does violence and death affect (and shape) the characters?

  • Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?

  • What elements of this novel appear to diverge from the earlier works of Charles Dickens?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?

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