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 the method of transportation that Frank and Dick take in the city in Chapter 9?

2. Who is Dick's landlady in Chapter 16?

3. If Frank lived in the city, what would he do for Dick?

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

5. What kind of bill did Dick give the store clerk initially?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Dick and Henry sympathetic to Mark?

2. How does Mark change his living and work situation with the money he has received from Dick and Henry?

3. How do the boot blacks react to Dick's new clothes in Chapters 14 and 15?

4. Describe two changes Dick makes in Chapter 13 and 14 in his lifestyle.

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

6. How does Dick assist Mark in getting a job and improving his education in Chapter 15?

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

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

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

10. What makes Mark uncomfortable around Roswell in Chapter 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period, and any pertinent popular culture events. How do these settings, even if imaginary, reflect modern settings or culture? Why did the author choose to use these places in Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy?

Essay Topic 2

Social etiquette plays an important role in Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy. Who has "manners," and who does not? What does being of the upper class signify? Who teaches whom and in what way? Does social etiquette in Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy signify wealth, status, or other power? Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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