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. What is revealed about Paris?

2. Why is this man worried about how the Kenwigs will react to the news of his love interest?

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

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

5. Members of the company, speaking in turn, give what information to the audience?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ralph learn about his plans?

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

3. How does Nicholas end up fighting Hawk?

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

5. For what is Gride preparing?

6. As Nicholas continues to teach Smike his lines about the need for money overruling conscience, what is Ralph doing?

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

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

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

10. What happens to Kate at the party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nicholas has a temper.

Part 1) How does this temper change throughout the story?

Part 2) How does his journey of transformation affect his temper? Why?

Part 3) Based on what takes place when Nicholas' temper flares, what might Dickens think about this reaction to anger?

Essay Topic 2

A key aspect of Dickens' work, in general, is the detail and breadth of his characters.

Part 1) Who are the main characters? Describe them.

Part 2) How does Dickens reveal aspects of his characters' personalities?

Part 3) How is any audience at any time able to connect to and relate to these characters?

Essay Topic 3

An aspect of Dickens' work is that his stories tend to be about the tensions between rich and poor.

Part 1) Describe that tension in this story.

Part 2) Why might this be important to Dickens?

Part 3) How is this relevant today?

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