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 the aura of Scrooge's first visitor described?

2. Who stops by to invite Scrooge to a meal?

3. What does Scrooge eat a bowl of in front of the fire before he receives his first visitor?

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

5. What does Scrooge tell his employee to do in exchange for his time off for the holiday?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Belle?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens in the scene with Fan?

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

9. What happened to Scrooge immediately after Marley left?

10. Why is Scrooge's workplace so cold?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The idea of seeing spirits is one that requires a certain amount of faith. Do you believe that the spirits were physically present in Scrooge's room, or was he simply dreaming? What evidence do you have from the text to support your belief? Is the physical presence of the spirits important to the changes in Scrooge's character?

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