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

2. What does Fanny write in a letter to Ralph?

3. The action returns to what scene?

4. The Kenwigs ask Nicholas to stay. How does he respond?

5. What happened to the girl the Kenwigs had paid to watch the baby?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ralph say when Kate asks to live with her mother?

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

3. How does Miss Knag change when an elderly lord and his young fiancee enter to store?

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

5. Why does a fight occur? What does Nicholas do about this?

6. What happens in Ralph's scene as Nicholas rehearses the scene in which Romeo purchases poison from the Apothecary?

7. What happens as the gathering begins to prepare for performances by Morleena and Miss Petowker?

8. As Nicholas and Smike rehearse the scene in which Romeo persuades the Apothecary to ignore his conscience and take the money for the poison, what is Ralph doing?

9. What happens when Ralph receives Fanny's letter?

10. What takes place at the tavern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This story is relevant today.

Part 1) Describe what is relevant to today's society and life.

Part 2) Could this be relevant throughout time? Why or why not?

Part 3) Will this story continue to be relevant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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