Thursday, December 10, 2015

I'm a big fan of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Lots of people think they know the story well... But let's see!!


1. Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol for what reason?
(a) He wanted to urge people to celebrate Christmas the right way.
(b) He thought a ghost story was the creepiest way to celebrate Christmas.
(c) It was part of a much longer book, but he ran out of time to submit it to his publisher.
(d) He needed to settle a bet.

2. Marley has been dead as a door-nail for how long when the story begins?
(a) A year.
(b) 37 years.
(c) 10 years.
(d) 7 years.

3. Ebenezer Scrooge accuses his nephew, Fred of being merry on Christmas even though he's poor. "Merry Christmas!" Scrooge scoffs. "What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough." What is Fred's response?
(a) Bah! Humbug! Indeed, Uncle!
(b) What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough.
(c) Oh, man of the worldly mind!
(d) Come now, Uncle, tis the season! Even yon Crachit is merry this Christmas!

4. Scrooge is startled to see the Ghost of Christmas Past, but anyone would be startled to see a ghost. What else is odd about the ghost's appearance?
(a) It is a dwarf, and wears a tall conical cap on its head.
(b) It is ghostly thin, and has arms nearly four feet long.
(c) Its eyes are coal black, and flare blue color when angry.
(d) It has a goose's feet.

5. Bob Crachit has a whopping six children. It wasn't unusual in the 1840s for children to start working at a very young age. How many of Crachit's children as said to be already employed?
(a) All of them but Tiny Tim.
(b) Only the eldest boy and girl, Peter and Martha.
(c) Just the eldest girl, Martha.
(d) The three eldest: Peter, Belinda, and Martha.

6. Two ghastly children cling to the Ghost of Christmas Present, hiding beneath his robes. Of them, the ghost says, "Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased." What are the children's names?
(a) Hunger and Envy
(b) Vengeance and Toil
(c) Ignorance and Want
(d) Despair and Hate

7. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge the happy Christmas party hosted by Scrooge's nephew, Fred. Several people attend the party... including the woman Fred loves. Is Fred married?
(a) No, she is his fiancee.
(b) Yes.
(c) No, she is the ghost of his dead wife.
(d) No, she is Fred's girlfriend.

8. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes Scrooge to see the future, and shows him some men at the stock and currency exchange having no pity for the dead Ebenezer Scrooge. The men agree to attend Scrooge's funeral on what condition?
(a) If lunch is served.
(b) If there is a lot of hot wine to drink.
(c) Only if they are named in the will.
(d) On no condition! They will not attend!

9. Scrooge's housecleaner, laundress, and undertaker steal some of Scrooge's belongings after he is dead. Among the items they sell to the rag-and-bone man, Joe, are a pencil case, a brooch, some boots, towels, sugar tongs, and bed curtains. What else of note is there?
(a) Underwear
(b) A nightcap
(c) A silver pitcher and bowl for washing
(d) A linen shirt

10. Scrooge wakes to find it is Christmas Day, and the spirits have done their work in a single night (not three days). He sends a boy off to buy what for Bob Crachit?
(a) A turkey
(b) A scuttle of coal
(c) A new hat and scarf
(d) A ham

11. Bob Crachit celebrates a bit much on Christmas Day. What did the family make to drink that might have left him a bit tipsy?
(a) Gin and lemons
(b) Wine and oranges
(c) Wine and spice
(d) Brandy

12. When Scrooge gives Bob Crachit the day off for Christmas, he tells him to be at work all the earlier on December 26. So what time of the morning does Bob arrive?
(a) 7 AM
(b) 9:18 AM
(c) 9:45 AM
(d) 8:50 AM

13. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to see himself as a child, when his father refused to allow Scrooge to come home for Christmas. Scrooge instead spent the time reading before a fire in the empty school. When Scrooge saw himself alone there, what did he do?
(a) He scorned his younger self for not being stronger
(b) He lashed out at his father for his cruelty
(c) He told the Spirit that reading was a waste of time
(d) He wept bitterly

14. Tiny Tim has died, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reveals to Scrooge. Bob Crachit comes home late one Christmas after having visited the churchyard. After weeping, he goes upstairs to do....what?
(a) Sit by his dead son's body, which is still in bed
(b) Go to sleep
(c) Read the Bible for comfort
(d) Sit with his child Martha, who is also ill

15. At the very end of A Christmas Carol, Dickens writes, "He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon..." -- what?
(a) Happiness and joy.
(b) Laughter.
(c) The Total Abstinence Principle (a joke about spirits)
(d) The Mead of Mercy (a joke about spirits)


Answers behind the cut!


1. Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol for what reason?
(a) He wanted to urge people to celebrate Christmas the right way.

2. Marley has been dead as a door-nail for how long when the story begins?
(d) 7 years.

3. Ebenezer Scrooge accuses his nephew, Fred of being merry on Christmas even though he's poor. "Merry Christmas!" Scrooge scoffs. "What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough." What is Fred's response?
(b) What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough.

4. Scrooge is startled to see the Ghost of Christmas Past, but anyone would be startled to see a ghost. What else is odd about the ghost's appearance?
(a) It is a dwarf, and wears a tall conical cap on its head.

5. Bob Crachit has a whopping six children. It wasn't unusual in the 1840s for children to start working at a very young age. How many of Crachit's children as said to be already employed?
(c) Just the eldest girl, Martha.

6. Two ghastly children cling to the Ghost of Christmas Present, hiding beneath his robes. Of them, the ghost says, "Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased." What are the children's names?
(c) Ignorance and Want

7. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge the happy Christmas party hosted by Scrooge's nephew, Fred. Several people attend the party... including the woman Fred loves. Is Fred married?
(b) Yes.

8. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes Scrooge to see the future, and shows him some men at the stock and currency exchange having no pity for the dead Ebenezer Scrooge. The men agree to attend Scrooge's funeral on what condition?
(a) If lunch is served.

9. Scrooge's housecleaner, laundress, and undertaker steal some of Scrooge's belongings after he is dead. Among the items they sell to the rag-and-bone man, Joe, are a pencil case, a brooch, some boots, towels, sugar tongs, and bed curtains. What else of note is there?
(d) A linen shirt

10. Scrooge wakes to find it is Christmas Day, and the spirits have done their work in a single night (not three days). He sends a boy off to buy what for Bob Crachit?
(a) A turkey

11. Bob Crachit celebrates a bit much on Christmas Day. What did the family make to drink that might have left him a bit tipsy?
(a) Gin and lemons

12. When Scrooge gives Bob Crachit the day off for Christmas, he tells him to be at work all the earlier on December 26. So what time of the morning does Bob arrive?
(b) 9:18 AM

13. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to see himself as a child, when his father refused to allow Scrooge to come home for Christmas. Scrooge instead spent the time reading before a fire in the empty school. When Scrooge saw himself alone there, what did he do?
(d) He wept bitterly

14. Tiny Tim has died, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reveals to Scrooge. Bob Crachit comes home late one Christmas after having visited the churchyard. After weeping, he goes upstairs to do....what?

(a) Sit by his dead son's body, which is still in bed
15. At the very end of A Christmas Carol, Dickens writes, "He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon..." -- what?
(c) The Total Abstinence Principle (a joke about spirits)

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