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Charles DICKENS
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DICKENS
and
VICTORIAN TIMES


 

 

  1. Charles DICKENS

I. His life

  1. When was he born ? …………………………………………………………..
  2. Why didn't he go to school at the age of ten ? ………………………………...
  3. What happened to his father in 1824 ? and why ? …………………………….
  4. Where did Dickens work then ? ………………………………………………
  5. Was that period important in his life ? ………………………………………..
  6. Where did he go to live with his wife ? ……………………………………….
  7. How many children did he have ? …………………………………………….
  8. Did he always stay in England ? ……………………………………………...
  9. When did he die ? and how old was he ? ……………………………………..
  10. Where is he buried ? …………………………………………………………..

II. His works

  1. Find the corresponding titles in English :

TITLE in French

TITLE in English

Les Aventures de Mr Pickwick

 

Conte de Noλl

 

Le Carillon

 

Le Grillon du Foyer

 

Les Temps Difficiles

 

Les Grandes Espιrances

 

Notre Ami Commun

 

2. Oliver Twist

Find 4 reasons why he was not lucky.

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d) ……………………………………………….........................................

What did Dickens want to show with that novel ?

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3. David Copperfield (Complete your information with another page.)

Sometimes he was miserable. Explain (4 reasons at least)

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4. Find 5 of his themes (see that page too)

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B. Victorian times


1 - Victorian England
saw great expansion of :

1) ……………………. 2) ……………………… 3) ………………………


2 - Technological advances

What began in Great-Britain and continued through the 19th century ?

 

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Changes were seen in many areas. Give examples :

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3 - Name the three
social classes and associate the following words with them :

aristocracy - ethnic minorities - growing control of the economy -

city merchants - the underclass - gentleman

1)……………………(………………………+……………………………)

2) ……………………( ………………………+……………………………)

3) …………………… (………………………+……………………………)


4 - Child labour
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What was unbelievable ?

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- …………………………………………………………………………………

Which job was the most tiring, in your opinion ? ………………………………


5 - Who wrote what
? Write the right letter in the second column.

Mary Shelley

  a) Alice in Wonderland

Charlotte Brontλ

 

b) The Picture of Dorian Gray

Lewis Carroll

 

c) Ivanhoe

Thomas Hardy

 

d) The Jungle Book

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

e) Portrait of a Lady

Rudyard Kipling

 

f) Frankenstein

Arthur Conan Doyle

 

g) Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Walter Scott

 

h) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Henry James

 

i) Treasure Island

Oscar Wilde

 

j) Jane Eyre

 

6 - The British Empire (also see here and there)

Right or wrong ? Justify your answer.

  1. It was not very big under Queen Victoria.

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  2. She reigned over one-fifth of the world.

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  3. It contained more than 410 million people.

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7 - Make your own Victorian timeline

with the following dates corresponding to important events :

1812 - 1819 - 1826 - 1837 - 1840 - 1859 - 1861 - 1870 - 1877 - 1879 - 1885 - 1888 - 1901

 

(Updated on 12/12/2012)