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 must Marley carry around with his spirit?

2. What is Marley's spirit forced to do?

3. What is the name of the merchant under whom Scrooge apprenticed?

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

5. What is Scrooge's first name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What unusual thing does Scrooge see on the front door to his home?

3. What is the appearance of Jacob Marley when he visits Scrooge in his bedroom?

4. What does Scrooge overhear Belle and her husband discussing, and how does he react?

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

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

7. What happens in the scene with Fan?

8. What does Scrooge think when he awakens at midnight?

9. Why is Scrooge's workplace so cold?

10. What is the conversation that transpires between Bob Cratchit and Scrooge about time off from work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There were three spirits that came to visit Scrooge. Describe the first spirit and what he symbolized. What did he take Scrooge to see? How did his visit affect the change in Scrooge's character?

Essay Topic 2

With the second visitor, Scrooge was taken to see the ways that people in his community celebrate Christmas.

Part 1.) Describe one scene that Scrooge witnessed on Christmas Day.

Part 2.) Describe Scrooge's reaction to this scene. Was there anything interesting / unexpected in his response?

Part 3.) Describe how you believe witnessing this event prompted the change in Scrooge's character at the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout his time with the three visitors, Scrooge saw many things. Which event do you think had the most impact on his character? Describe the scene and theorize why you think it so deeply affected Scrooge's character more than any of the other scenes.

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