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. Where was Scrooge left by his family during the holiday season?

2. What is used to heat Scrooge's warehouse?

3. What has Marley come to do to Scrooge?

4. Who does Scrooge believe should be confined to prisons and workhouses?

5. What is Marley's spirit forced to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who is Jacob Marley, and what does the reader learn about him right away?

6. What does Scrooge overhear Belle and her husband discussing, and how does he react?

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

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

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

10. What happens in the scene with Fan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The symbolism of the chains that Jacob Marley is forced to carry around with him is particularly significant. Describe the physical description of the chains, and explain why the items that Jacob Marley must carry with him are significant to his life. Finally, explain why these items were used as a warning to Ebenezer Scrooge.

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

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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