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Dickens webquest

Look for information on Dickens and Oliver Twist's historical context. Based on http://www.michellehenry.fr/webquests/DICKENS/dickenswq.htm

CHARLES DICKENS AND VICTORIAN TIMES

 

1. CHARLES DICKENS                               ONLINE DICTIONARY

 

  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. Who did he marry ? ……………………………………….
  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 professional life

1. What did he do when he left school at the age of fifteen?...........................

2. How was his first novel published? Did he become famous?...................

3. What is a workhouse? What is the link with 'Oliver Twist'?...........................

4. What did he fight for in 1842? Did he get what he wanted?

5. What did Dickens mostly write about and why?.......................................

 

III. His works

  1. Find the corresponding titles in English :

 

TITLE in French

TITLE in English

Les Aventures de Mr Pickwick

Conte de Noël

Le Carillon

Le Grillon du Foyer

Les Temps Difficiles

Les Grandes Espérances

Notre Ami Commun

 

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 ?

…………………………………………………………………………………...

Changes were seen in many areas. Give examples :

…………………….………………………………………………....................

…………………….………………………………………………....................

 


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 (Visit this site too.) 

What was unbelievable ?

- …………………………………………………………………………………

- …………………………………………………………………………………

- …………………………………………………………………………………

 

5. Watch that video and answer the questions.

Why is this period called 'Victorian times'?...........................................

What were the towns like?..................................................................

Name the kind of jobs children did......................................................

How many hours did the servants in London work per week? What were their wages?

What is a young worker's life compared to?..........................................

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

 


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

Mary Shelley

a) Alice in Wonderland

Charlotte Brontë

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

 

7 - The British Empire (also see here and there

Right or wrong ? Justify your answer.

  1. It was not very big under Queen Victoria.

    …………………………………………………………………………………….

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

    …………………………………………………………………………………….

  3. It contained more than 410 million people.

…………………………………………………………………………………….


8 - 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 - 1893 - 1901

 

9 - The Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (London 2012).

Watch the first fifteen minutes of this video and explain what it is about.

 

Pour trouver un item

 

  • Précisez la langue: allemand, anglais, italien, espagnol
  • Indiquez le niveau : A1, A2, B1, B2
  • Ajoutez l'activité : écouter, voir, écrire, parler
  • Préciser la compétence : grammaire, vocabulaire


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