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The passage that follows is adapted from an 1859 novel that follows the lives of both English and French characters during the French Revolution.






1. The primary purpose of the passage as a whole is to

  • A. describe the history between Carton and Stryver.
  • B. characterize life at the Shrewsbury School.
  • C. reveal Carton's character.
  • D. show that Stryver has been exploiting Carton.

2. Based on the information in the passage, Carton is best characterized as

  • A. unsound.
  • B. mercurial.
  • C. unlucky.
  • D. imperceptive.

3. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 10-11 ("Up…despondency")
  • B. Lines 13-14 ("Even…own")
  • C. Lines 35-36 ("At this…laughed")
  • D. Lines 45-46 ("It's a…breaking")

4. As used in line 11, "spirits" most nearly means

  • A. soul.
  • B. liquor.
  • C. essence.
  • D. jubilation.

5. Based on lines 17-22 ("squaring himself….shoulder him into it"), it can be reasonably inferred that

  • A. Stryver is frustrated with Carton's behavior.
  • B. Stryver is planning to push Carton into the fireplace.
  • C. Stryver believes Carton to be comparatively older.
  • D. Stryver wishes to bully Carton as he did at Shrewsbury.

6. The use of italics in line 55 primarily serves to emphasize Carton's

  • A. incredulity.
  • B. confusion.
  • C. annoyance.
  • D. affection.

7. The passage suggests which of the following about Stryver?

  • A. He is in love with Miss Manette.
  • B. He believes that Carton lacks the intelligence required to be successful.
  • C. He does not believe that Carton finds Miss Manette unattractive.
  • D. He was born into a wealthy family.

8. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 32-33 ("I had…was I")
  • B. Line 41 ("And whose…that")
  • C. Lines 58-59 ("Why…Court")
  • D. Lines 63-68 ("Do you…doll")

9. In context, "desert" in line 79 refers to

  • A. Styver's cold demeanor.
  • B. London's landscape.
  • C. Carton's windows.
  • D. sunlit dunes.

10. The "tears" referred to in line 85 are "wasted" because

  • A. Miss Manette will never love Carton.
  • B. Carton is unlikely to change his ways.
  • C. Carton's home is one of squalor.
  • D. Stryver will continue to exploit Carton's labor.