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

2. How does Belle's husband describe Scrooge?

3. How does Scrooge respond to the invitation for a meal in Chapter 1?

4. What does Dickens say does not affect Scrooge?

5. Where does Scrooge see the face of Jacob Marley?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Belle?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the conversation that transpires between Bob Cratchit and Scrooge about time off from work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

With the second visitor, Scrooge was taken to see the ways that people in his community celebrate Christmas.

Part 1.) Describe one scene that Scrooge witnessed on Christmas Day.

Part 2.) Describe Scrooge's reaction to this scene. Was there anything interesting / unexpected in his response?

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

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

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?

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