The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 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. In a roadside tavern, Nicholas and Smike learn with dismay that not only is it still twelve miles to Portsmouth, but what?

2. Ignoring Kate's discomfort, Hawk and Verisopht joke about what?

3. What does Smike tell Nicholas that he cannot remember?

4. Who stabbed Mercutio?

5. In addition to writing the new play, what is Nicholas to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nicholas read after everyone else is gone?

2. What does Noggs realize about Gride's bride to be? What does he do when he makes this realization?

3. What is taking place back in London?

4. In a roadside tavern, what do Nicholas and Smike learn?

5. As the play begins, what are members of the company doing?

6. How does the death scene of Romeo and Juliet change from the original plot?

7. What happens to Smike? How does Nicholas help him?

8. What takes place back in Portsmouth?

9. About what does Charles Cheeryble confront Nicholas and Kate?

10. At the theatre in Portsmouth, the Crummles Company has just finished another successful performance. Who enters to speak with Nicholas? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ralph craves money and status.

Part 1) Why does he crave this? How does it reflect his personality through the play?

Part 2) To what does this desire lead? What message does this send to readers?

Part 3) How do his cravings affect him by the end of the play? What does this say about people who crave money and status?

Essay Topic 2

Ralph is symbolic.

Part 1) Describe Ralph. What does he symbolize?

Part 2) Why does he symbolize what he does?

Part 3) Compare Ralph's symbolism to Nicholas? What does this reveal?

Essay Topic 3

The story has a central theme.

Part 1) What is this theme? How is this revealed in the story?

Part 2) Why does Dickens choose this as a theme?

Part 3) How does this theme touch the lives of all the main characters?

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