Ragged Dick and Mark, the Match Boy Test | Final 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 only thing the boy has eaten in Chapter 5?

2. What is Mark afraid of being beaten with in Chapter 6 of Mark the Match Boy?

3. What does Roswell try to convince his mother that he needs in order to get money for his new club?

4. Where does Mark sleep in Chapter 13?

5. Where does Dick work in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ralph connive Roswell into getting him five dollars in Chapter 20?

2. How does Dick try to help Henry in Chapter 1 of Mark the Match Boy?

3. When Mark faints, what happens to him in Chapter 13?

4. How does Bates assist Henry with investing in Chapter 4 of Mark the Match Boy?

5. How is the money that Mark receives parallel to the experience that Dick had?

6. Describe how Mark feels about begging.

7. How does Ben try to help Mark get his twenty-five cents in Chapter 6?

8. How does Roswell implicate Mark with his crime in Chapter 23?

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

10. Describe the interaction Mark has with Mother Watson in Chapter 11.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Alger's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Greed is another important theme of Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy. Greed in this novel is depicted in relation to money, possessions, and social status. Who is greedy in Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy? Who exhibits kindliness and generosity of spirit? Who desires what and how are these desires manifested? Do they change over time? Describe.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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