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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. In Chapter 18, when Dick chases the person throwing rocks at them, what does Dick threaten to do?

2. How old was Dick when his mother died?

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

4. Who takes a fancy to Dick in Chapter 17?

5. What is the name of the boot black that Dick helps with rent in Chapter 24?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dick's reaction to his letter from Frank Whitney.

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

3. What kind of work does Henry get? Describe his work experience in Chapters 19 and 20?

4. Describe Dick and Mickey Maguire's confrontation in Chapter 17 and 18.

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

6. How does Dick's good habits rub off on Henry, and how does he help Henry in Chapter 18?

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

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

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

10. Describe Dick's early history.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mark and Dick are two of the most active characters.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist, and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Mark had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Dick had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 2

Choose a character that Mark grows to like. How does their relationship evolve?

Essay Topic 3

Morality in society is a prevailing theme of Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy. Alger frequently refers to this theme, painting the picture of morality being rewarded by success. Which characters appear honest, and which appear corrupt? Explain. Which characters appear to rise above corruption even if they were initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Alger describes? Explain.

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