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. How is it signaled to Scrooge that there is a visitor in his room?

2. Who does Fan tell Scrooge is "much kinder now"?

3. What has Marley come to do to Scrooge?

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

5. What must Marley carry around with his spirit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Scrooge see in the scene involving his old boss?

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

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

5. What happens in the scene with Fan?

6. What other unusual sights and sounds plague Scrooge as he enters his home?

7. What happened to Scrooge immediately after Marley left?

8. What does Scrooge see in the first scene from his childhood?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

With the first visitor, Scrooge is forced to relive the memories of his childhood.

Part 1.) Describe one of the memories that Scrooge relived.

Part 2.) Explain the significance of that event in shaping that man that Scrooge became.

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

Essay Topic 3

In the opening chapter of the novel, Charles Dickens chooses to omit many important bits of information. Identify one piece of information that Dickens omitted, and explain why you think the author chose to leave his reader in the dark.

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