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. The party is resuming when suddenly what happens?

2. Into what actress does Nicholas run?

3. Who is the owner of Kate's new place of work?

4. When Mrs. Nickleby asks Kate whether she has anything to say to her uncle, what does Kate say?

5. What song does the Crummles Company sing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what is Gride preparing?

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

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

5. To where do Nicholas and Smike head?

6. How does Nicholas end up fighting Hawk?

7. With whom is Kate alone? Why?

8. How is London described?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Integrity is lost partially through the play.

Part 1) What is integrity? How is it lost? Who loses it? Why do they lose it?

Part 2) How can readers relate to this? How is it relevant today?

Part 3) What is significant about Nicholas' behavior during this part of the play? What does this show about his transformation?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Parallel scenes from other stories are used in this story.

Part 1) What other stories are found in this story? What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) How do these stories enhance Dickens' story?

Part 3) How does the way these stories are used reflect the time in which Dickens' story takes place?

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