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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many visitors does Marley say will come to Scrooge in the night?

2. How much time does Scrooge allow his employee to take off for the holiday?

3. What does the figure of Scrooge's first guest resemble?

4. What is Scrooge's first name?

5. What does the first guest say that he is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With what famous quote does the novel end and why is it important?

3. What happens in the scene with Fan?

4. What does Scrooge see when he enters the cemetery?

5. What does Scrooge see approaching him as the second Spirit leaves him and how does he react?

6. What does Scrooge see when he visits the family eating dinner at the table?

7. What is the Spirit's response to Scrooge's question regarding help for the two children?

8. What response did the community give to the Cratchit family following the death of Tiny Tim?

9. What is Scrooge's response to the things that he sees in the cemetery?

10. What has changed about the Cratchit family when Scrooge is taken to revisit them?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The symbolism of the chains that Jacob Marley is forced to carry around with him is particularly significant. Describe the physical description of the chains, and explain why the items that Jacob Marley must carry with him are significant to his life. Finally, explain why these items were used as a warning to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Essay Topic 2

In the opening chapter, the reader is introduces to Bob Cratchit and his relationship with Ebenezer Scrooge.

Part 1.) Compare/contrast the two men as they are presented in the beginning of the novel

Part 2.) Explain the working relationship between the two men.

Part 3.) Briefly theorize why Bob Cratchit chose to continue working in this environment.

Essay Topic 3

In the end of the novel, Ebenezer Scrooge's character has gone through an enormous transformation. While his nephew Fred is quite happy with his change, most people in the town are skeptical. Compare / contrast the two views of Scrooge's transformation. Who do you side with, Fred or the townspeople? What examples are given in the text to support whether or not Scrooge's change will be long-lasting?

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