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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Classic Literature Questions

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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 To Kill a Mockingbird
How did Tom Robinson die?
  1. He was shot and killed after an attempted escape
  2. He had a fever of 104 degrees
  3. His heart stopped beating
  4. He was attacked by a tiger
Grade 8 To Kill a Mockingbird
What did Helen Robinson do when she found out Tom died?
  1. She sang a song
  2. Fell to the ground
  3. Slapped Atticus across the face
  4. Cried
Grade 8 To Kill a Mockingbird
Why does Jem tell Scout not to kill the roly poly bug?
  1. The bug did not do anything to her
  2. He does not want to clean up the mess
  3. He wants to kill the bug himself
  4. It is his pet bug
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 Treasure Island
Who wrote "Treasure Island"?
  1. Charles Dickens
  2. Jonathan Swift
  3. Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. Sir Walter Scott
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 Animal Farm
In Animal Farm, by George Orwell, why does Old Major call a meeting with the other animals of the farm?
  1. To inform the animals about his dream
  2. To tell the animals to sing more
  3. To tell the animals to work harder
  4. To inform the animals how nice humans are
Grade 8 A Christmas Carol
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