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. As Scrooge witnesses the various scenes of his childhood, what seems to be slipping away from him as he grows older?

2. After Scrooge is touched by the spirit, what ability does he have?

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

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

5. During what holiday season was Scrooge left alone as a young boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the appearance of Jacob Marley when he visits Scrooge in his bedroom?

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

3. What does Scrooge see when he visits the family eating dinner at the table?

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

5. What does Scrooge promise to Bob on the day after Christmas?

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

7. How does Scrooge treat Tiny Tim after Christmas?

8. What happens in the scene with Fan?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare / contrast the two times that Tiny Tim said the words "God bless us, every one." What does this quote mean? What were the two different contexts in which he stated this? Which time of use was more powerful to you as a reader?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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