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 odd about this place?

2. Nicholas arrives at the tavern where Squeers is depriving the boys in his charge of what?

3. Where is Noggs expected?

4. Melodramatic and overwrought, what does Mr. Mantalini do?

5. Miss Snevellicci and Nicholas do what for the company?

Short Essay Questions

1. How else has the story of Romeo and Juliet changed?

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

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

4. What does Miss Knag do for Kate?

5. What happens with Mr. Mantalini's outstanding bills?

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

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

8. What takes place at the tavern?

9. What does Nicholas do to help Smike?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme and story of Nicholas Nickleby is a reminder.

Part 1) Summarize the story. Of what is it a reminder.

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for writing a story? Why was it made into a play?

Part 3) How does this play enhance or detract from Dickens' story? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

A section of the play shows the poorest, nastiest, and most desperate sections of London.

Part 1) Describe these sections of London. What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) Compare these poor sections to the other settings mentioned.

Part 3) How does this reinforce a characteristic of Dickens' stories?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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