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 does Scrooge feel about the way that people see him?

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

3. What does the first guest say that he is?

4. What instrument sounds before Jacob Marley appears?

5. How much money does Scrooge give to the collection?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Scrooge's workplace so cold?

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

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

4. What happens in the scene with Fan?

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

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

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

8. What happened to Scrooge immediately after Marley left?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the end of the novel, Ebenezer Scrooge's character has gone through an enormous transformation. While his nephew Fred is quite happy with his change, most people in the town are skeptical. Compare / contrast the two views of Scrooge's transformation. Who do you side with, Fred or the townspeople? What examples are given in the text to support whether or not Scrooge's change will be long-lasting?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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