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 type of party is Scrooge's old boss hosting for Christmas?

2. How does Scrooge respond to seeing the countryside?

3. What is the state of Jacob Marley at the beginning of the book?

4. What does Scrooge ask the first spirit to do for him?

5. When Fan comes running into the room for Scrooge, what does she tell him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens in the scene with Fan?

4. Why is Scrooge's workplace so cold?

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

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

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

8. Who is Fred, and what happens when he comes to visit Scrooge?

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

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

When Scrooge is with his second visitor, he is exposed to the two children that cling to the Spirit's robe. First, describe the two children and the symbolism behind their names. Second, explain the significance of Scrooge's reaction to seeing the two children and the response that the Spirit gives to his question about who will care for them.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

By the end of the novel, Scrooge has made many changes in character.

Part 1.) Describe the man that Scrooge is at the beginning of the novel.

Part 2.) Describe the man that Scrooge is at the end of the novel.

Part 3.) Describe the way that you own opinion of Scrooge as a character progressed as you read the novel.

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