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

2. What does Kate ask Ralph?

3. Of what does Hawk accuse Ralph?

4. What does Nicholas do when he discovers Smike alone?

5. Noggs also appears and secretly gives Nicholas what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Fanny become interested in Nicholas? Why does she become interested?

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

8. How does Mr. Lillyvick react to this commotion?

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

10. By what is Sir Matthew Pupker distracted?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are two central plot lines.

Part 1) What are these two plot lines? What is the significance of each?

Part 2) How are these two plot lines related or connected?

Part 3) What is the purpose of having two plot lines?

Essay Topic 2

The song sung by the company is ironic.

Part 1) What is the song that they sing? Why do they sing it?

Part 2) What is ironic about this song?

Part 3) What is the purpose of this song and it irony?

Essay Topic 3

There is a parallel development of the Verisopht plot and the Medeline plot.

Part 1) Describe each of the plots.

Part 2) What develops that connects these plots? What is the purpose of this parallel development?

Part 3) How does this development affect the characters? Why are they affected this way?

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