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Charles Dickens: life
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Charles Dickens was born in London in 1812.
B: He did not start working until he was 28.
C: In his first stories he adopted the pen name 'Boz'.
D: After working as a reporter of parliamentary debates and for a newspaper, he started a full-time career as a novelist.
E: His visit to the United States inspired him to write a book on international copyright and slavery.
F: He liked to live in seclusion, without any contact with his readers.
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Charles Dickens: key words
Tick the words or phrases related to Dickens.
A: Novel of manners.
B: Workhouses.
C: Autobiographical novels.
D: Materialism.
E: Poetry.
F: Factory.
G: Science fiction.
H: Colonialism.
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Charles Dickens: works
Choose the correct alternative.
A: This was Dickens's first novel.
B: This is an autobiographical novel.
C: This book was published under a pseudonym.
D: This is a collection of articles and tales about people in London.
E: This novel was published in monthly instalments from 1837 to 1839.
F: This book was followed by the novel Nicholas Nickleby.
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Charles Dickens: narrative
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Dickens had many influences: first of all, the Tempest, then fairy tales, fables, nursery rhymes, Gothic novels and the 18th-century poets and essayists. Even though his plots are well-planned, sometimes they seem too natural, sentimental and episodic. The setting of many of his novels was Dublin, which he knew very well. His attitude towards society was increasingly critical; in fact, in his early works he drew popular attention to the evils and wrongs of his time, mixing descriptions of misery with sketches of country life.
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Charles Dickens: characters
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Charles Dickens's main characters were almost all from the upper-middle classes.
B: In his works he referred to the lower class in order to encourage wronged people to rebel.
C: He wanted to make the ruling classes aware of social problems, but not to offend his middle-class readers.
D: Three of his most famous characters are Mr Pickwick, Mr Gradgrind and Scrooge.
E: The most important figures in his novels are often old people.
F: In his novels children become moral teachers and models for the way people should behave.
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Charles Dickens: A didactic aim
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Thanks to Dickens's novels, the wealthier classes acquired knowledge about their ________ neighbours.
2. Dickens's task was never to get the most wronged and suffering to ________ or encourage discontent.
3. He aimed at making the ruling ________ aware of the social problems.
4. He did not want to offend his middle-class ________.
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Charles Dickens: Style and reputation
Match the words to the correct information.

1. Dickens employed very effective ________.
2. He accomplished the most graphic and powerful ________ of life and character ever attempted by any novelist.
3. He did so with his careful choice of ________, repetitions of words and structures.
4. He employed juxtapositions of images and ________, hyperbolic and ironic remarks.
5. He is considered to be the greatest ________ in the English language.
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Hard Times: plot
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. One of the main characters, Thomas Gradgrind, is a strict ________ who only believes in facts and statistics.
2. His children, Louisa and ________, behave in line with their father's teachings.
3. Louisa marries ________ Bounderby, a rich ________ who is much older than she is.
4. Mr Gradgrind's son is lazy and robs his ________.
5. In the end Mr Gradgrind gives up his ________ philosophy.
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Hard Times: setting
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The city of Coketown represents a real industrial town in mid-________-century England.
2. Factory machines are compared to mad ________ and their smoke to ________.
3. This place of '________ facts' is turned into a magical but hellish land.
4. The buildings are covered with soot that comes from the coal burnt in the town's ________.
5. The mill owners seem to be proud of the ________ air of Coketown.
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Hard Times: characters
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Mr Gradgrind
A: educates his schoolchildren through facts but is very indulgent with his own children.
B: believes that human nature can be governed exclusively by reason.
C: follows the philosophy of Hedonism.
D: marries his daughter to Bounderby.
E: finally understands the damage he has caused to the children of Coketown.
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