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Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
At first Scrooge does not believe he is really seeing Marley's ghost. What is the excuse he gives for the apparition?
  1. He drank too much wine on Christmas Eve.
  2. He ate something that made him see things.
  3. He was having a reoccurring nightmare.
  4. All of the above
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
What does the following line spoken by Marley's ghost mean?

"I wear the chains I forged in life."
  1. He loved his job while he was alive.
  2. He is a prisoner in death to the life he lived on Earth.
  3. He wishes he had worked more before his death.
  4. He was an iron worker who made chains.
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
How is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come represented?
  1. As an invisible specter
  2. As a silent phantom
  3. As a small, elderly man
  4. As a jolly giant
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
How is the Ghost of Christmas Present represented?
  1. As a small, elderly man
  2. As a jolly giant
  3. As an invisible specter
  4. As a silent phantom
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
How is the Ghost of Christmas Past represented?
  1. As a small, elderly man
  2. As an invisible specter
  3. As a jolly giant
  4. As a silent phantom
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
What is the setting of A Christmas Carol?
  1. 1743 in London, England on Christmas Eve
  2. 1843 in London, England on Christmas Eve
  3. 1943 in London, England on Christmas Eve
  4. 1743 in Paris, France on Christmas Eve
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
We walk through life as “fellow passengers to the grave,” as Scrooge’s nephew Fred points out. Fred most likely means?
  1. At some point everyone will die and be accountable to a higher authority.
  2. Each of us would prefer to not die alone like Scrooge
  3. When fellow passengers are left ignorant and needy, they are not the only ones who suffer; society itself suffers.
  4. Everyone has a path in life and it is up to each person to decide the way they want to live.
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
What can the reader infer is the author's message in the following passage:
"They were not a handsome family; they were not well dressed; their shoes were far from waterproof; their clothes were scanty...but they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time..."
  1. although the family is poor, they are also foolish and they deserve what they get
  2. although the family is poor, they are also cruel and vicious to others
  3. although the family is poor, they are also rich in love and gratitude
  4. although the family is wealthy, they are lacking in love
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
What can we infer from Scrooges words when he says to the Ghost of the Future:

"I fear you more than any specter I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you company and do it with a thankful heart."
  1. Scrooge is having a change of heart even before the Ghost of the Future has shown him his future.
  2. I fear you more than any of the previous ghosts I have seen because you look scary.
  3. He fears what it will take to become a better man because he has never been a better man.
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
How does the Ghost of Christmas Future communicate with Scrooge?
  1. By staring him in the eyes until Scrooge guesses what the Ghost of Christmas Future wants.
  2. By writing on a note pad.
  3. By sending him text messages.
  4. By point his finger at something he wants Scrooge to notice.
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
When the gentlemen came into his office collecting for the needy, Scrooge responded:
  1. his money prevented him from living in poverty because he didn't give it away
  2. he supported the prisons and workhouses where they could go, or they could die to decrease the surplus population
  3. the poor and the needy have never done anything for him
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
In a Christmas Carol, which character would be considered a foil for the main character, Scrooge?
  1. Scrooge's business partner, Marley
  2. Scrooge's nephew, Fred
  3. The ghost of Christmas past
  4. Tiny Tim
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
How did Scrooge react when his nephew asked him to come for Christmas dinner?
  1. Are there no prisons, no workhouses?
  2. Sure, what time?
  3. Bah, humbug!
  4. I hope the goose is golden!
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
What was the Cratchit home like when Scrooge visited it on Christmas Eve?
  1. A poor, yet happy home rich in love with many children and a nice Christmas dinner.
  2. A poor home with unhappy children.
  3. A poor home with no food for Christmas dinner.
  4. A rich home with lots of presents and grumpy people.
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
Who is the author of A Christmas Carol?
  1. Ebenezer Scrooge
  2. Jacob Marley
  3. Charles Dickens
  4. Bob Cratchit
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