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 nephew's name?

2. What is significant about the countryside that Scrooge and the spirit visit?

3. What does the spirit regretfully tell Scrooge about Fan?

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

5. What has Marley come to do to Scrooge?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Belle?

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

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

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

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

6. How does the first spirit take Scrooge back in time?

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

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

9. What happens in the scene with Fan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is this novel a comedy, or a tragedy? How does humor work throughout the novel? How does emotion? Which of the two seems to be a stronger force throughout the novel? Finally, do you think that the tone of the novel worked for the themes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Charles Dickens spends much effort in setting the mood of the story through his descriptions of the place and weather. Compare / contrast the mood at the beginning of the novel with the mood at the end of the novel. What descriptions have changed? How does the mood of the novel reflect the mood of Ebenezer Scrooge?

Essay Topic 3

Before the arrival of the three spirits, Jacob Marley came to visit Scrooge. First, explain the significance of Jacob Marley's visit. Then explain why Marley's presence was important before the arrival of the three spirits. Finally, discuss if you think the story would have been as effective if Dickens had left Marley out completely, and simply focused on the three spirits.

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