Ragged Dick and Mark, the Match Boy 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 Dick's last name that he offers in Chapter 14?

2. Whom does Dick tell about his missing object in Chapter 21?

3. What does Dick return in Chapter 15 to Mr. Greyson?

4. What is the scam that Dick explains to Frank in Chapter 7?

5. Who offers Henry a recommendation that gets him a job in Chapter 19?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the merchants in New York that Frank and Dick interact with in Chapter 5.

2. Describe Dick's early history.

3. How does Dick get the money back from the swindler on the ferry in Chapter 11?

4. How does Dick's good samaritan deed land him a job in Chapter 26?

5. Describe the letter that Dick writes to his friend Frank with the help of Henry.

6. How does Dick help Fosdick and receive help in return?

7. What does the clothing offered by Rockwell signify for Dick in Chapter 26?

8. How does Dick prevent Travis from withdrawing his money at the bank?

9. Why do Dick and Henry want a new place of residence?

10. How does Dick assist the police and the young man who was robbed in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery is used to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. The imagery can involve visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic elements. The author uses imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Money has particular significance in Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy. What is the significance of having money in the story? Who chases after money? Who has money? Who loses money? Who gains money? What does Alger ultimately say about money through the characters of Mark and Dick? What is the importance of this discovery and the characters' roles? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Romance takes on an aggressive quality in Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy. Who are the two characters pursuing Lizzie Hexam? Whom does she like and whom does she avoid and why? What do her suitors have in common, and where are they different? Discuss.

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