The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After a chase, what happens to Peg, Squeers and the deed?

2. With whom does Nicholas meet at the tavern?

3. In Ralph's office, Ralph speaks to himself of what?

4. With what does Mr. Lillyvick arrive?

5. How is London described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The death of Smike is the climax of the play.

Part 1) Describe Smike and the events surrounding his death. How is this climactic?

Part 2) What is significant about his death?

Part 3) What is another dramatic climax and secondary thematic climax? How are these climactic events connected?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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