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Reading Fiction: A Christmas Carol (Scrooge)

In this worksheet, students read an extract from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Then they analyse how meaning is created within sentences relating to the character Scrooge.

'Reading Fiction: A Christmas Carol (Scrooge)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Set, Plot and Character Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this extract from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Scrooge is lying awake in the middle of the night, waiting for one of the ghosts to appear to him.

 

 

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Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing; and, consequently, when the Bell struck One, and no shape appeared, he was taken with a violent fit of trembling. Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came. All this time, he lay upon his bed, the very core and centre of a blaze of ruddy light, ... he was powerless to make out what it meant, or would be at; and was sometimes apprehensive that he might be at that very moment an interesting case of spontaneous combustion, without having the consolation of knowing it. At last, however, he began to think ... that the source and secret of this ghostly light might be in the adjoining room, from whence, on further tracing it, it seemed to shine. This idea taking full possession of his mind, he got up softly and shuffled in his slippers to the door.

 

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You must then answer the following questions about the extract. You can read it again as you go through the worksheet by clicking on the Help button.

Re-read the first sentence in the extract:

 

"Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing"

 

How does Charles Dickens build tension in this sentence?

He makes the reader wait in anticipation.

He shocks the reader.

He terrifies the reader with violence.

Charles Dickens writes that Scrooge was "taken with a violent fit of trembling". Which of the following images most closely resembles the words in this quotation?

 

An angry, impatient man.

A terrified, lonely man.

An inquisitive, curious man.

Charles Dickens uses the technique of a list:

"Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came."

 

Choose TWO ways that this sentence adds to the meaning of the extract.

It makes the time seem even longer.

Lists show us that a character has learnt their lesson.

Whenever there is a list, it means something bad is going to happen.

We can imagine Scrooge lying there, listening to the clock chime.

The writer uses the word "powerless" to describe Scrooge in the extract. Which of the following words or phrases are similar to "powerless", and which are the opposite?

 Similar Opposite
Confident
In control
Vulnerable
At risk

Remind yourself of how Scrooge was described at the beginning of the novel:

 Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, ...secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster... He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

Compare how he is described at the beginning of the novel and in the extract we have been analysing.

 Beginning Now
Confident
Powerless
Unfeeling
Trembling
Apprehensive
Icy

Why has Scrooge changed so much by meeting the ghosts? Choose THREE possible answers.

The ghosts have scared him.

The ghosts want to kill him.

Scrooge regrets how he has behaved.

Unlike most of the living characters, the ghosts cannot be controlled by Scrooge.

Scrooge begins to get curious about the "source and secret" of the light. What technique is being used here?

 

Sibilance

Repetition

Simile

Read this student's work and choose which word is missing from the options below:

 

The image of Scrooge as he "shuffled in his slippers to the door" makes him seem old, fragile and vulnerable. In fact, I even felt _________ towards him.

anger

frustration

sympathy

animosity

loneliness

  • Question 1

Re-read the first sentence in the extract:

 

"Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing"

 

How does Charles Dickens build tension in this sentence?

CORRECT ANSWER
He makes the reader wait in anticipation.
  • Question 2

Charles Dickens writes that Scrooge was "taken with a violent fit of trembling". Which of the following images most closely resembles the words in this quotation?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A terrified, lonely man.
  • Question 3

Charles Dickens uses the technique of a list:

"Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came."

 

Choose TWO ways that this sentence adds to the meaning of the extract.

CORRECT ANSWER
It makes the time seem even longer.
We can imagine Scrooge lying there, listening to the clock chime.
  • Question 4

The writer uses the word "powerless" to describe Scrooge in the extract. Which of the following words or phrases are similar to "powerless", and which are the opposite?

CORRECT ANSWER
 Similar Opposite
Confident
In control
Vulnerable
At risk
  • Question 5

Remind yourself of how Scrooge was described at the beginning of the novel:

 Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, ...secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster... He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

Compare how he is described at the beginning of the novel and in the extract we have been analysing.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Beginning Now
Confident
Powerless
Unfeeling
Trembling
Apprehensive
Icy
  • Question 6

Why has Scrooge changed so much by meeting the ghosts? Choose THREE possible answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
The ghosts have scared him.
Scrooge regrets how he has behaved.
Unlike most of the living characters, the ghosts cannot be controlled by Scrooge.
  • Question 7

Scrooge begins to get curious about the "source and secret" of the light. What technique is being used here?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sibilance
EDDIE SAYS
Sibilance is the repetition of an 's' or 'sh' sound.
  • Question 8

Read this student's work and choose which word is missing from the options below:

 

The image of Scrooge as he "shuffled in his slippers to the door" makes him seem old, fragile and vulnerable. In fact, I even felt _________ towards him.

CORRECT ANSWER
sympathy
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