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 Marley tell Scrooge these visitors will hold for him?

2. Where does the spirit touch Scrooge?

3. How is the aura of Scrooge's first visitor described?

4. What are the men who are collecting money on Christmas Eve, using the money for?

5. Who was Marley similar to when he was alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Cratchit family responding to the death of Tiny Tim?

2. What response did the community give to the Cratchit family following the death of Tiny Tim?

3. What does Scrooge promise to the Spirit in exchange for a chance to change his fate?

4. What is the state of Tiny Tim?

5. What other Christmases does the second Spirit take Scrooge to witness?

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

7. What question did Scrooge have for the third Spirit when they were standing in the cemetery?

8. What happens when Scrooge awakens thinking he will soon see the second visitor?

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

10. How does Scrooge react when he wakes up on Christmas morning?

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

Wealth seems to be a very important element in this novel.

Part 1.) Compare / contrast the characters who have money in the novel with those who do not. Which are seen in a more positive light? What does this tell you about the way that Dickens views money?

Part 2.) Compare / contrast the way that Scrooge views money at the beginning of the novel with the way that he views money at the end of the novel. What does this tell you about the way that Dickens views money?

Part 3.) Compare / contrast the two different ways that Dickens seems to be presenting his theme of wealth. When you reached the end of the novel, what do you think Dickens' overarching message about money to his reader is?

Essay Topic 3

Is this novel a comedy, or a tragedy? How does humor work throughout the novel? How does emotion? Which of the two seems to be a stronger force throughout the novel? Finally, do you think that the tone of the novel worked for the themes? Why or why not?

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