A Christmas Carol Test | 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. What is Scrooge's first name?

2. What meal is Scrooge invited to in Chapter 1?

3. Why is the time that Scrooge wakes up significant?

4. As Scrooge witnesses the various scenes of his childhood, what seems to be slipping away from him as he grows older?

5. What are the men who are collecting money on Christmas Eve, using the money for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Marley beckon Scrooge to see outside his bedroom window and how does Scrooge react?

2. Who is Belle?

3. What does Jacob Marley inform Scrooge will happen over the course of the next few nights?

4. What happens in the scene with Fan?

5. When Scrooge realizes that it is midnight and not noon, why does he vow to stay awake?

6. What does Belle notice that has changed about Scrooge, and how does she react?

7. What happened to Scrooge immediately after Marley left?

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

9. How did Belle's life turn out after her time with Scrooge?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Take some time to compare / contrast the three main spirits that come to visit Scrooge. What is the same about them? What is different? Why do you think it was important that Scrooge meet all three of them, rather than just one?

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