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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

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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.

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