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1 Name: Date: Advanced English Period: Due date: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 A Christmas Carol Stave III Questions Stave III Comprehension Questions (pgs of novel) #: SECTION: UNITS Directions: Answer the following questions in preparation for your test; this will serve as part of your review packet for the test on Monday, December 19 th and Tuesday, December 20 th! You don t have to write in complete sentences or use all the space, but make sure you fully answer the question! 1. How did Scrooge react when the second spirit didn t arrive when the bell struck one? pages Who is the second ghost he meets? 3. How does this quote show a change in Scrooge s character? Spirit, said Scrooge submissively, conduct me where you will. I went forth last night on compulsion, and I learnt a lesson which is working now. To-night, if you aught to teach me, let me profit by it. page What could the spirit do with his torch? Cite examples from the text to support your response. pgs What he could do: Example from the text to support response: 5. How is the demeanor of the Cratchit s? (Describe their attitudes.) pages 37-38, 40 1

2 6. What will happen to Tiny Tim? What can change that? Cite examples from the text to support your response. page 40 What will happen? Text to support response: What can change that? Text to support response: 7. Who does Cratchit toast? How does the family react? pages List one example of figurative language on page 42. Explain why it is that type of figurative language. Page number: Type of figurative language: Text: Explanation: 9. How do Scrooge s niece and nephew feel about him? pages Why did Scrooge beg to stay at the party? page 47 2

3 11. Do you think that Scrooge was happy or sad that he stayed? Explain your reasoning. Pages What did Scrooge notice about the change in the spirit s appearance? pages How long will the spirit be upon the globe? page What was under the spirit s robe? List and describe what was under the robe. page Are there no prisons? said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. Are there no workhouses? Explain why this part of the text is ironic. (Hint: Look back to Stave I!) page Find another example of figurative language in Stave III. (Including: imagery, personification, metaphor, simile, alliteration, assonance, etc.) Write down the text, the page number and explain why it is that particular element of figurative language. Page number: Type of figurative language: Text: Explanation: 3

4 Stave III Literary Elements (pgs ) 17. What might Scrooge s reaction when the second spirit doesn t arrive when the bell struck One, indicate about his personality? 18. What can the reader infer about Scrooge, based on his reaction to Present s comment that the Spirit has had more than eighteen hundred brothers come before him? 19. What can the reader infer about Scrooge s immediate reaction when Christmas Present shows him the Cratchit home and Bob's large family? 20. Why does Fred tell his wife that he will continue to ask his Uncle Ebenezer for Christmas dinner every year? 21. Present says to Scrooge, If he be liked to die, he had better do it and decrease the surplus population. Why is this quote is significant? 22. If these shadows remain unaltered by the future, none other of my race will find him here. Why is this quote is significant? 23. Who are the brothers that the Spirit of Christmas Present refers to? 4

5 24. Symbolically, what does the Ghost of Christmas Present sprinkle from his torch? 25. Christmas Spirit says that he sprinkles his incense on the poor most because they need it most. Why does he say this? 26. Scrooge is ashamed when he hears of the fate of Tiny Tim, and the Spirit repeats Scrooge s own words to him from Stave I. What message is Dickens is trying to share with his readers? 27. Bob Cratchit calls Scrooge the Founder of the Feast and offers up a toast to him. What is Dickens s purpose behind this action? (What is he trying to emphasize?) 28. When Christmas Present takes Scrooge to visit the Miners, and Scrooge asks where they are; Christmas Present says, A place where Miners live, who labour in the bowels of the earth, returned the Spirit. But they know me. See! What is Christmas Present trying to show Scrooge? 29. What does the empty scabbard (sword holder) that Christmas Present bears most likely symbolize? 5

6 30. Christmas Present makes the following statement to Scrooge regarding Boy Ignorance and Girl Want: And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. Why do they cling to the Spirit? 31. What is the significance of Mrs. Cratchit agreeing to toast Scrooge? 32. What does the throne which Christmas Present sits upon at the beginning of Stave III symbolize? 33. The following is part of the description of Christmas Present: Its dark brown curls were long and free; free as its genial face, its sparkling eye, its open hand, its cheery voice, its unconstrained demeanor, and its joyful air. When you think about what Christmas Present symbolizes, what kind of spirit does Dickens most likely wants his readers to visualize? 34. Scrooge notices the aging of the Ghost of Christmas Present as midnight approaches. What does the Ghost explain that is aging is due to? 35. Why does the Ghost of Christmas Present say that Scrooge should fear the boy ignorance more than anything? 6

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