Literature: High School: 9th and 10th Grade Quiz - A Christmas Carol - Dialogue (Questions)

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This high school English Literature quiz focusses on dialog in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The term “dialogue” refers to any direct speech in literature, although technically it means a conversation between at least two people. Dialog is a significant element in characterisation. A character’s speech, its style and content, has much to tell the reader. Characters in A Christmas Carol are given consistent, straightforward dialog which symbolizes character traits shared with swathes of humanity. The good natured characters, in fact, exhibit virtues rather than individual characteristics. And Scrooge, of course, strongly displays several vises which he is meant to share with all miserly and self-centred people.

Be sure to note specific details about a character’s language choice or use of dialect. When studying a work of fiction spend some time to consider these questions: in what way does the speech of each character differ from that of others? Does vocabulary vary between characters? Have you observed any changes in a character’s dialog over time, or in different situations? Do characters speak differently depending on who is being addressed?

Dialog can tell you much more than about individual characteristics. Speech can prompt events, or convey information which the reader would otherwise not know, for example Fan’s reference to their father’s change for the better. When we learn of Scrooge’s unhappy family life, we are meant to have a better understanding of the conditions which might influence someone to become unfeeling as an adult.

Memorizing dialog is an excellent addition to your preparations for a literature exam. Create a list of the most significant examples of dialog for each character, paying extra attention particularly in this text to those examples which prompt Scrooge to reconsider his own behavior.

The quiz below asks you to work out who is speaking each of these lines. Consider the significance of the dialog before answering the questions. What do the lines tell you about the type of character who speaks them? If it is possible to imagine another character uttering similar lines, what does that tell you about those characters? What lessons are Scrooge and the reader meant to learn?

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1. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there"
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] One of the two "portly" gentlemen
[ ] Jacob Marley
[ ] Scrooge
2. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"It should be Christmas Day, I am sure, on which one drinks the health of such an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man as Mr Scrooge"
[ ] Belle
[ ] Mrs Cratchit
[ ] Fred
[ ] Peter Cratchit
3. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"Lead on! Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know"
[ ] Scrooge
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] Tiny Tim
[ ] Jacob Marley
4. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"Or would you know the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago"
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Past
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Present
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
[ ] Jacob Marley
5. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"You may — the memory of what is past half makes me hope you will — have pain in this. A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it, gladly, as an unprofitable dream, from which it happened well that you awoke"
[ ] Fan
[ ] Mrs Fezziwig
[ ] Belle
[ ] Fred
6. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"What's today, my fine fellow?"
[ ] Scrooge
[ ] Fred
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] Mr Fezziwig
7. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"The consequence of his taking a dislike to us, and not making merry with us, is, as I think, that he loses some pleasant moments, which could do him no harm"
[ ] Mrs Cratchit
[ ] Fred's wife
[ ] Fred
[ ] Bob Cratchit
8. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"It's only once a year, sir. It shall not be repeated"
[ ] Fred
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] The boy in "Sunday clothes"
[ ] Martha Cratchit
9. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"I have no patience with him"
[ ] Topper
[ ] Jacob Marley
[ ] Mrs Cratchit
[ ] Fred's wife
10. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"There are some upon this earth of yours, who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived"
[ ] One of the two "portly" gentlemen
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Past
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Present
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Literature: High School: 9th and 10th Grade Quiz - A Christmas Carol - Dialogue (Answers)
1. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there"
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] One of the two "portly" gentlemen
[ ] Jacob Marley
[x] Scrooge
Scrooge suggests that poor people contribute to overpopulation and that the only charity for which they might hope is a place in the workhouses
2. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"It should be Christmas Day, I am sure, on which one drinks the health of such an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man as Mr Scrooge"
[ ] Belle
[x] Mrs Cratchit
[ ] Fred
[ ] Peter Cratchit
Mrs Cratchit is indignant that the Christmas toast should be dedicated to Scrooge
3. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"Lead on! Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know"
[x] Scrooge
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] Tiny Tim
[ ] Jacob Marley
Scrooge begins to feel the pressure of time once he is faced with the final Spirit
4. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"Or would you know the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago"
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Past
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Present
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
[x] Jacob Marley
Jacob Marley's chain, impressive and terrifying, cannot compare to the great weight of Scrooge's own invisible chain
5. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"You may — the memory of what is past half makes me hope you will — have pain in this. A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it, gladly, as an unprofitable dream, from which it happened well that you awoke"
[ ] Fan
[ ] Mrs Fezziwig
[x] Belle
[ ] Fred
Scrooge is so distressed by the sight of his past self agreeing to break off his engagement that he accuses the Spirit of torturing him
6. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"What's today, my fine fellow?"
[x] Scrooge
[ ] Fred
[ ] Bob Cratchit
[ ] Mr Fezziwig
Scrooge is so disorientated by the visits of the three Spirits, supposedly on three consecutive nights, that he does not know what day it is when he wakes up on Christmas morning
7. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"The consequence of his taking a dislike to us, and not making merry with us, is, as I think, that he loses some pleasant moments, which could do him no harm"
[ ] Mrs Cratchit
[ ] Fred's wife
[x] Fred
[ ] Bob Cratchit
Fred understands that the person who is most harmed by Scrooge's cold and miserly nature is Scrooge himself
8. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"It's only once a year, sir. It shall not be repeated"
[ ] Fred
[x] Bob Cratchit
[ ] The boy in "Sunday clothes"
[ ] Martha Cratchit
Bob Cratchit apologizes sincerely for being eighteen minutes (and a half) late to work on the day after Christmas. Boxing Day became a legal holiday in 1871
9. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"I have no patience with him"
[ ] Topper
[ ] Jacob Marley
[ ] Mrs Cratchit
[x] Fred's wife
Fred's wife, like Mrs Cratchit, is not inclined to be tolerant, nor forgiving, of Scrooge's unpleasantness towards her husband
10. Match the dialog to the correct speaker.

"There are some upon this earth of yours, who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived"
[ ] One of the two "portly" gentlemen
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Past
[x] The Ghost of Christmas Present
[ ] The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
The Spirit condemns hypocrites who put their principles before the needs of human beings