Reading Comprehension 12 - A Christmas Carol

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Reading Comprehension 12 - A Christmas Carol

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This story is truly one of the greatest classics of all time! In fact, there have been several movie versions made of the story. It was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and it has captured the attention of people of all ages! Although written in the context of Christmas, we probably all know a “Mr. Scrooge” in other areas of our life – or maybe we’re the “Mr. Scrooge.”

After you have read the following short summary of A Christmas Carol, see how many of the ten quiz questions you can answer without looking back at the summary. And, yes, that means NO PEEKING!

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Charles Dickens (A Summary)

A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting-house on a frigid Christmas Eve. His clerk, Bob Cratchit, shivers in the anteroom because Scrooge refuses to spend money on heating coals for a fire. Scrooge's nephew, Fred, pays his uncle a visit and invites him to his annual Christmas party. Two portly gentlemen also drop by and ask Scrooge for a contribution to their charity. Scrooge reacts to the holiday visitors with bitterness and venom, spitting out an angry "Bah! Humbug!" in response to his nephew's "Merry Christmas!"

Later that evening, after returning to his dark, cold apartment, Scrooge receives a chilling visitation from the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Marley, looking haggard and pallid, relates his unfortunate story. As punishment for his greedy and self-serving life his spirit has been condemned to wander the Earth weighted down with heavy chains. Marley hopes to save Scrooge from sharing the same fate. Marley informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights. After the wraith disappears, Scrooge collapses into a deep sleep.

He wakes moments before the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past, a strange childlike phantom with a brightly glowing head. The spirit escorts Scrooge on a journey into the past to previous Christmases from the curmudgeon's earlier years. Invisible to those he watches, Scrooge revisits his childhood school days, his apprenticeship with a jolly merchant named Fezziwig, and his engagement to Belle, a woman who leaves Scrooge because his lust for money eclipses his ability to love another. Scrooge, deeply moved, sheds tears of regret before the phantom returns him to his bed.

The Ghost of Christmas Present, a majestic giant clad in a green fur robe, takes Scrooge through London to unveil Christmas as it will happen that year. Scrooge watches the large, bustling Cratchit family prepare a miniature feast in its meager home. He discovers Bob Cratchit's crippled son, Tiny Tim, a courageous boy whose kindness and humility warm Scrooge's heart. The specter then zips Scrooge to his nephew's to witness the Christmas party. Scrooge finds the jovial gathering delightful and pleads with the spirit to stay until the very end of the festivities. As the day passes, the spirit ages, becoming noticeably older. Toward the end of the day, he shows Scrooge two starved children, Ignorance and Want, living under his coat. He vanishes instantly as Scrooge notices a dark, hooded figure coming toward him.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come leads Scrooge through a sequence of mysterious scenes relating to an unnamed man's recent death. Scrooge sees businessmen discussing the dead man's riches, some vagabonds trading his personal effects for cash, and a poor couple expressing relief at the death of their unforgiving creditor. Scrooge, anxious to learn the lesson of his latest visitor, begs to know the name of the dead man. After pleading with the ghost, Scrooge finds himself in a churchyard, the spirit pointing to a grave. Scrooge looks at the headstone and is shocked to read his own name. He desperately implores the spirit to alter his fate, promising to renounce his insensitive, avaricious ways and to honor Christmas with all his heart. Whoosh! He suddenly finds himself safely tucked in his bed.

Overwhelmed with joy by the chance to redeem himself and grateful that he has been returned to Christmas Day, Scrooge rushes out onto the street hoping to share his newfound Christmas spirit. He sends a giant Christmas turkey to the Cratchit house and attends Fred's party, to the stifled surprise of the other guests. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honors Christmas with all his heart: he treats Tiny Tim as if he were his own child, provides lavish gifts for the poor, and treats his fellow human beings with kindness, generosity, and warmth.
1.
Mr. Scrooge’s first name is _______.
Bob
Fred
Ebenezer
Marley
Mr. Scrooge’s first name is Ebenezer. Answer (c) is correct
2.
Mr. Scrooge’s famous saying is _______.
Fezziwig
Bah! Humbug!
Cratchit
Merry Christmas!
Mr. Scrooge’s famous saying is “Bah! Humbug”. Answer (b) is the correct answer
3.
Mr. Scrooge’s dead partner was _________.
Jacob Marley
Bob Cratchit
Belle
Fezziwig
Mr. Scrooge’s dead partner was Jacob Marley. Answer (a) is correct
4.
Marley was condemned to _____________.
wander the streets among the homeless
spend eternity warning others to stop being greedy
wander the Earth weighted down with heavy chains
haunt the shop that he and Scrooge ran together
Marley was condemned to wander the Earth weighted down with heavy chains. Answer (c) is the correct answer
5.
Marley tells Scrooge that ___ spirits will be coming to visit him.
4
2
5
3
Marley tells Scrooge that three spirits will be coming to visit him. Answer (d) is the correct answer
6.
The first spirit that visited Scrooge was the _________.
Ghost of Christmas Past
Ghost of Christmas Present
Ghost of Christmas Future
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
The first spirit that visited Scrooge was the Ghost of Christmas Past. Answer (a) is the correct answer
7.
Fezziwig was __________.
the name of the Ghost of Christmas Present
the merchant Scrooge apprenticed with as a young man
Scrooge's old school teacher when he was a child
Belle's father who did not approve of Scrooge
Fezziwig was the merchant Scrooge apprenticed with as a young man. Answer (b) is the correct answer
8.
Bob Cratchit’s crippled son was ______.
Tiny Tom
Tiny Jim
Tiny Tim
Teeny Ted
Bob Cratchit's crippled son was Tiny Tim. Answer (c) is the correct answer
9.
What was living under the Ghost of Christmas Present’s coat?
People Scrooge had wronged
Two starving children (Ignorance and Want)
A young Scrooge before bitterness took hold of him
Tiny Tim who would be seeing his last Christmas
Two starving children (Ignorance and Want) were living under the coat of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Answer (b) is the correct answer
10.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come pointed to a grave. Whose grave was it?
Jacob Marley's
Tiny Tim's
Scrooge's
Bob Cratchit's
The grave that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come pointed to was the grave of Scrooge. Answer (c) is correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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