A Christmas Carol: Quiz on the Christmas Classic

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A Christmas Carol, also known as being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, is a1843 novel which was written by Charles Dickens and to date is one of the best novels of all time. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable and greedy old man who is visited by four ghosts, one which is his former business partner, and the others, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After the visits, he becomes a much kinder and understanding person. 

The book was written at a time when the British were exploring new concepts such as Christmas trees and integrating it into their already existing traditions. The book has gained critical acclaim and is often featured on many best-seller's lists and has even been adapted several times into movies, Broadway shows, television series, comic strips as well as operas. Every year, during the holiday season, these movies and shows are played continuously, making it a true Christmas classic. 

How well do you know this famous novel? If you were asked some questions about the book or movie, would you be able to get all or most of them correct? If you would like to test your knowledge on all things Scrooge, then you should take this quiz!

Who wrote "A Christmas Carol"?

Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol." He was an English writer and social critic. He is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

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What is the name of the main character in "A Christmas Carol"?

At the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas. Throughout the story, he is reminded of the power of Christmas. By the end of the novel, he is once again a kind and welcoming man.

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What is Scrooge's catch phrase?

Scrooge's catch phrase was "Bah! Humbug!" It meant that he was declaring Christmas to be a fraud. He also used it to illustrate his disgust with many of the modern Christmas traditions.

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What is the name of Bob Cratchit's ill son?

Tiny Tim is Bob Cratchit's ill son. He also has a son named Peter. Tiny Tim is memorable for his classic line, "God bless us, everyone!"

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What is the name of the first spirit that visits Scrooge?

The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first sprit that visits Scrooge. The Ghost of Christmas Past appears to Scrooge as a white-robed, androgynous figure of indeterminate age. It has on its head a blazing light, reminiscent of a candle flame, and carries a metal cap, made in the shape of a candle extinguisher.

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What was the name of Scrooge's business?

Scrooge's business partner was named Jacob Marley. The story starts buy telling the readers that even though Marley was dead , he never bothered to change the name or the sign. As a result of Scrooge just leaving it, the business is still called jus "Scrooge and Marley."

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The story begins on Christmas Eve. Scrooge goes to work. He returns home and is visited by whom?

Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley. Mr. Marley was forever cursed to wander the earth, dragging a network of heavy chains, forged during a lifetime of greed and selfishness.

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How long had Marley been dead when the story starts?

Jacob Marley had been dead for 7 years when the story starts. Marley died exactly seven years to the date of his unexpected return from the grave on that fateful Christmas Eve.

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What is the name of Scrooge's clerk?

Bob Cratchit is an abused, underpaid clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cratchit symbolizes poor working conditions, especially long working hours. He works for 15 shillings a week at a rate of three pence (thruppence) an hour for 60 hours per week.

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Which relative of Scrooge's invites him to Christmas dinner every year, only to be refused in turn?

Nephew Fred hosts a Christmas dinner each year. He always invites his Uncle but Scrooge never attends. He tells his guests about his uncle with much laughter, but also with pity, because, "I am sorry for him; I couldn't be angry with him if I tried."

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Jacob Marley's ghost tells Scrooge he has how many chances to avoid the same fate as him in the afterlife?

Jacob Marley's ghost tells Scrooge he only has one chance to avoid the same fate as him in the afterlife. Marley tells Scrooge to pay close attention and listen to the spirits that will visit him or risk being cursed to carry chains of his own that are much longer than Marley's chains.

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Where did the Ghost of Christmas Past first take Scrooge?

The Ghost of Christmas Past first takes Scrooge's hand and they fly over London. They then visit Scrooge's old boarding school where he stayed alone but for his books while his schoolmates returned to their homes for the Christmas holidays. The Ghost then shows him when he picked up his sister from boarding school and she claims that he has changed and is now kinder than their father is, as he had left them alone during the holidays.

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Next, the spirit shows Scrooge doing what?

The spirit then shows Scrooge attending a Christmas party hosted by his first boss, Mr. Fezziwig. His first boss was a kind and loving man, who treated Scrooge like a son, and was more compassionate to him than his own father was.

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Where is the last place the Ghost of Christmas past takes Scrooge?

The Ghost of Christmas Past last shows Scrooge the Christmas Eve when, as a young man, his beloved fiancée Belle ended their relationship. She realized that he cared more about money than he did for her. Scrooge did not ask Belle to end their engagement, but he did not fight to keep her either. Finally, the spirit shows him how she married and found true happiness with another man.

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After this vision, Scrooge pleads with the spirit to show him no more, to which the spirit replies: __________.

This leaves Scrooge angered. Scrooge extinguishes the spirit with his cap and finds himself back in his bedroom, with the time on the clock not being changed.

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What is the name of the second spirit that visits Scrooge?

The Ghost of Christmas Present next visits Scrooge. The Spirit closely resembles Father Christmas from local folklore. He carries a large torch, made to resemble a cornucopia, and appears accompanied by a great feast.

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Scrooge's last name means _________

Scrooge's last name has come into the English language since the story was first released in 1843. It has come to mean miserliness and misanthropy.

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The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge where?

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge around the city of London. He shows him scenes of festivity and also deprivation that are happening as they watch, sprinkling a little warmth from his torch as he travels.

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Next, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to _________ house and shows him _________.

The Ghost of Christmas Present next takes Scrooge to Bob Cratchit's family feast, and introduces his youngest son, Tiny Tim. Bob's son is full of simple happiness, despite being seriously ill. The spirit informs Scrooge that Tiny Tim will soon die unless the course of events changes.

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The Ghost of Christmas Present finally reveals to Scrooge two emaciated children, subhuman in appearance and loathsome to behold, clinging to his robes, and names the boy as_______ and the girl as _________

"Spirit. are they yours." Scrooge could say no more. "They are Man's,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. "And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want." -Chapter 3

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What word is written across the forehead of the boy who was revealed from under the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present?

Scrooge was already very upset when he was shown the children underneath the Ghost of Christmas Present's robe. Seeing the children and the word, Ebenezer Scrooge seems to get even more upset and asks the Spirit to cover them because he does not wish to see them anymore.

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What is the name of the third spirit that visits Scrooge?

Also known as The Ghost of Christmas Future. Scrooge finds the Ghost Of Christmas Future the most fearsome of the Spirits. The spirit appears to Scrooge as a figure entirely muffled in a black hooded cloak, except for a single spectral hand with which it points. Although the character never speaks in the story, Scrooge understands it.

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“Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” This quote appears where?

This line appears toward the beginning of the novel. Dickens included this because of a dream. He had dreamt that one of his good friends was pronounced to be “as dead Sir . . . as a door-nail.”

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When the third Ghost makes its appearance, the first thing it shows Scrooge is what?

The third ghost shows Scrooge three wealthy gentleman making light of a recent death. They are remarking that it will be a cheap funeral, if anyone comes at all. One businessman says he would go... if lunch is provided. Next, Scrooge is shown the same dead person's belongings being stolen by Scrooge's charwoman, Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge's laundress, and the local undertaker, and sold to a receiver of stolen goods called Old Joe.

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After Scrooge asks to see some tenderness connected with death, the ghost shows him __________

After Scrooge asks to see some tenderness connected with death, the ghost shows him Bob Cratchit and his family mourning the passing of Tiny Tim. Scrooge is riddled with emotion.

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Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come takes Scrooge where?

Scrooge is lastly taken to his own grave. Scrooge then realizes that the dead man of whom the others spoke ill was himself. Horrified, Scrooge begs the ghost for another chance to redeem his life and "sponge away the writing on this stone."

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Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning with what attitude?

Ebenezer Scrooge wakes on Christmas Day as a new and changed man. He vows to treat everyone with kindness, generosity, and compassion; he now embodies the spirit of Christmas. He has truly learnt from his adventures the previous night.

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How many ghosts come and visit Ebenezer Scrooge in total?

Scrooge is visited by a total of four ghosts on Christmas Eve. He is visited by Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas-Yet-to-Come.

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Why did Charles Dickens write "A Christmas Carol"?

Dickens wrote the tale in response to reading a government report on the dreadful conditions experienced by child labourers in mines and factories. Dickens set aside "Martin Chuzzlewit," which was the current novel-in-progress, to deliver what he referred to as "a hammer blow on behalf of the poor man's child."

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What year was "A Christmas Carol" published?

"A Christmas Carol" was first published in London by Chapman & Hall. It was released on December 19, 1843. The novel was instantly successful. Initially six thousand copies of the book were printed. More copies were ordered after the first printing was sold in only five days.

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Scrooge is now a changed man. As the final narration states, "Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him... ____________."

The last citation provides a nice summary of the change that Scrooge went through in the story - for even someone who once loathed Christmas can now embrace and enjoy it.

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The story closes with the narrator repeating what famous words fromTiny Tim?

The story ends with a phrase from Tiny Tim. It wishes everyone well when he says, "God Bless us, every one."

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How did Charles Dickens feel about Christmas

Charles Dickens loved to celebrate Christmas. He always said his father was best at Christmas. His favorite time during the holidays was Twelfth Night, the feast of the Epiphany.

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A Christmas Carol has been out of print for how long?

A Christmas Carol has never been out of print. It has been popular ever since it was published. As a result, it has been adapted many times for film, stage, opera, and other media.

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Which holiday greeting was popularized after being mentioned in A Christmas Carol?

"Merry Christmas" was popularized after Scrooge exclaims, "I am as merry as a school-boy. A merry Christmas to everybody!" and heartily exchanges the wish to all he meets.

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