A Christmas Carol Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How is London described in the opening of the novel?

London is described as having a fog over everything and it is extremely cold.

2. Who is Jacob Marley, and what does the reader learn about him right away?

Jacob Marley is Scrooge's old business partner. In the beginning of the novel, the reader learns that he is dead.

3. Who is Fred, and what happens when he comes to visit Scrooge?

Fred is Scrooge's nephew who comes to invite Scrooge to a Christmas dinner party, which Scrooge refuses to attend saying, "Bah humbug!"

4. Who are the two men that come to Scrooge's door, and what do they ask of him?

The two men are collectors who are going door to door asking for charitable donations during the holiday season. Scrooge, even though he is quite affluent, gives the men nothing.

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