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. Juliet awakes and sees what?

2. What does Ralph promise Sir Mulberry Hawk?

3. Why does this woman ask for Kate?

4. Nicholas returns despondently to Noggs' rooms. What does Noggs have for him?

5. What does Nicholas do to Squeers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where are Mr. Lillyvick and his bride married? Why does Nicholas leave early?

2. 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?

3. How does the performance end?

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

5. What does Nicholas do to help Smike?

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

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

8. What does Ralph think about Kate?

9. How is London described?

10. What happens when Nicholas encounters John Bowdie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nicholas undergoes a journey of transformation.

Part 1) How is Nicholas at the beginning of the story?

Part 2) How does he change through the play? What causes these changes? How do his changes affect others?

Part 3) What is the purpose of this journey, for him and for the reader?

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

Foreshadowing is important in this story.

Part 1) Give two examples of foreshadowing. What do these examples foreshadow?

Part 2) What is the purpose of this foreshadowing?

Part 3) How does it set the mood of the story and enhance the story for the reader or audience member?

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