A Christmas Carol Test | Final 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 react to the news of Tim's future?

2. What is the name of the third Spirit?

3. What has changed about the Cratchit family during the visit with the third Spirit?

4. What name do the men give to the man who has died?

5. In what type of establishment does Scrooge see the laundress?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Scrooge witness at the pawnshop?

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

3. What toast does Bob Cratchit give to Scrooge, and how does his family respond?

4. What clings to the robe of the second spirit?

5. What is Fred's opinion of his uncle Scrooge?

6. What has changed about the Cratchit family when Scrooge is taken to revisit them?

7. How does Scrooge react to the arrival of the third Spirit?

8. What does the Spirit inform Scrooge is the fate of Tiny Tim?

9. How does Scrooge react to the music and the games of Fred's Christmas party?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Before the arrival of the three spirits, Jacob Marley came to visit Scrooge. First, explain the significance of Jacob Marley's visit. Then explain why Marley's presence was important before the arrival of the three spirits. Finally, discuss if you think the story would have been as effective if Dickens had left Marley out completely, and simply focused on the three spirits.

Essay Topic 2

The idea of seeing spirits is one that requires a certain amount of faith. Do you believe that the spirits were physically present in Scrooge's room, or was he simply dreaming? What evidence do you have from the text to support your belief? Is the physical presence of the spirits important to the changes in Scrooge's character?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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