The Count of Monte Cristo: Reading Schedule, Focus Questions, and Other Information

Reading Schedule:

This schedule is not optional; be sure to read chapters as assigned.  Come to class prepared throughout our reading of the novel.

F, 1/26:  Novels distributed today.  (Read Monday's assignment for homework this weekend.)

M, 1/29: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

T, 1/30: Chapters 4, 5, and 6 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

W, 1/31:  Chapters 7, 8, and 9 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

R, 2/1: Chapter 10 is due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

F, 2/2:  Chapters 11 and 12 are due today.  (Start reading Monday's assigned chapters tonight.)

                  Difficult flashback starts on page 54: “‘“The great wars of Romagna were ended.”’”

                  Main plot picks up on page 57 at “‘Now,’ said Faria…”

S, 2/3:  ---  (Continue to read Monday's assignment this weekend.)

L, 2/4:  ---  (Finish Monday's assignment today.)

M, 2/5: Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

T, 2/6: Chapter 20 is due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

W, 2/7: Chapter 21 is due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

R, 2/8: Chapters 22 and 23 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

F, 2/9:  Chapter 24 is due today.

S, 2/10:  --- (Read Monday's assignment this weekend.)

L, 2/11:  ---  (Read Monday's assignment this weekend.)

M, 2/12: Chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

T, 2/13: Chapters 31, 32, and 33 are due today (about 18 pages).  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

W, 2/14: Chapters 34, 35, and 36 are due today (about 12 pages).  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

R, 2/15: Chapters 37, 38, and 39 are due today (about 12 pages).  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

F, 2/16:  Chapters 40 and 41 are due today (about 14 pages).  (Tonight, start Monday's reading assignment by reading chapters 42 and 43; that's about 13 pages.)

S, 2/17:  --- (On Saturday, continue working on Monday's reading assignment by reading chapters 44 and 45; that's about 12 pages.)

L, 2/18:  ---  (On Sunday, finish Monday's reading assignment by reading chapter 46; that's about 13 pages.)

M, 2/19: Chapters 42, 43, 44, 45, and 46 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

T, 2/20: Chapters 47 and 48 are due today (about 14 pages).  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

W, 2/21: Chapters 49, 50, and 51 are due today (about 15 pages).  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

R, 2/22:  Chapters 52, 53, and 54 are due today (about 13 pages).  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

F, 2/23:  Chapters 55, 56, and 57 are due today (about 15 pages).  (Tonight, start Monday's reading assignment by reading chapters 58 and 59; that's about 13 pages.)

S, 2/24:  (On Saturday, continue working on Monday's reading assignment by reading chapters 60 and 61; that's about 13 pages.)

L, 2/25:  (On Sunday, finish Monday's reading assignment by reading chapters 62 and 63; that's about 15 pages.)

M, 2/26:  Chapters 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, and 63 are due today.  (Read tomorrow's assignment for homework tonight.)

T, 2/27:  Chapters 64-68 are due today.  (Finish the novel for tomorrow.)

W, 2/28:  Chapters 69-73 are due today.  (Have the novel finished for today.)

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CHAPTER ANNOTATIONS (Click individual links below.)

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FRENCH PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

  • Knowing how to pronounce the French words will help your reading and comprehension.
  • If you have any questions whatsoever, do not hesitate to ask me.

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CHARACTER LIST (PRINT AND USE AS YOU READ.)

  • This list covers every single character in the novel.
  • There is room for you to write down your own thoughts and observations about the characters.
  • I created this for you so that keeping track of the characters does not become unwieldy.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

  • This is the PPT that we went over during class.
  • Read it several more times throughout our study of the novel so that you more fully understand that which motivated characters throughout the plot.

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READING FOCUS QUESTIONS

  • I wrote these questions so that you have a basic idea of the factual information to look for as you read each chapter.
  • Write out answers to each and every single question so that you understand what you are reading.
  • At any time you encounter difficulty with any of these questions, do not hesitate to see me for assistance as long as you have attempted a reasonable, written response first.

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CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF EDMOND'S STORY? BUY THE UNABRIDGED VERSION!

  • This is the actual, full-length version that I myself own and have read.
  • It is absolutely, amazingly, uncategorically, completely fascinating and engrossing.
  • The unabridged version does not necessarily make the plot any more complicated, but it offers, among other benefits, a deeper understanding of the characters we meet in the abridged version that we read in class.
  • The edition to which I have linked is available at Amazon.  If you cannot locate it there, let me know:  I'll help you zero in.