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

2. How is the man for whom Scrooge apprenticed described?

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

4. What is flowing from the head of the first guest that he covers by wearing a cap?

5. What must Scrooge do in order to be taken back to his home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Ghost of Christmas Past look like?

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

6. What happened to Scrooge immediately after Marley left?

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

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

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

10. Why is Scrooge's workplace so cold?

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

Compare / contrast the two times that Tiny Tim said the words "God bless us, every one." What does this quote mean? What were the two different contexts in which he stated this? Which time of use was more powerful to you as a reader?

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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