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. Who does Fan tell Scrooge is "much kinder now"?

2. What is flowing from the head of the first guest that he covers by wearing a cap?

3. How many men come by to collect money from the neighborhood on Christmas Eve?

4. What is Scrooge's first name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Scrooge see when he enters the cemetery?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Scrooge react when he sees the donation collectors on Christmas morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There were three spirits that came to visit Scrooge. Describe the third spirit and what he symbolized. What did he take Scrooge to see? How did his visit affect the change in Scrooge's character?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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