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Analyse Key Quotes in 'A Christmas Carol'

In this worksheet, students will learn to analyse key quotes in 'A Christmas Carol'.

'Analyse Key Quotes in 'A Christmas Carol'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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QUESTION 1 of 10

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In this worksheet, you will develop your knowledge of key quotes in 'A Christmas Carol' and be able to analyse them in more detail. 

"Marley was dead: to begin with.  There is no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.  Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon change for anything he chose to put his hand to.  Old Marley was as dead as a doornail."

 

Read the short introduction to the start of the novel and choose the most suitable answer from below:

 

1. What is the narrator trying to establish at the very start of the novel?

A: Marley might come back

B: Marley will not be mentioned again as he is dead

 

2. What literary technique has Dickens used to describe Marley, and why may he have chosen a doornail to compare Marley to?

A: A simile

B: Onomatopoeia

 

 

 

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Match the correct quote with the character who says it: 

Column A

Column B

"To the founder of our feast - Mr Scrooge!"
Tiny Tim
"I've come to take you home brother"
Bob Cratchit
"Mankind was my business!"
Fan - Scrooge's sister (Fred's mum)
"What reason have you to be miserable, you're rich...
Jacob Marley
"God bless us everyone!"
The Ghost of Christmas Present
"This boy is Ignorance; this girl is Want"
Fred

How does Dickens present the change in Scrooge through the novel?

 

Match the quotes to the stave that Scrooge says them in to show how he changes his attitude. 

Column A

Column B

"Every idiot that goes around with a merry Christm...
Stave one
"I am as light as a feather!"
Stave two
"Have they (Ignorance and Want) no refuge?"
Stave four
"You were a good man of business Jacob!"
Stave five
"Spirit! Show me somebody who feels regret at this...
Stave one
"I am going to raise your salary!"
Stave four
"Tell me Tiny Tim will not die?"
Stave two
"There was a carol singer at my door last night. ...
Stave three
"Lead on spirit! The night is waning fast - Lead ...
Stave three
""What is that upon your cheek?" asked the ghost"
Stave five

Match the quotations with the correct sentence type: 

Column A

Column B

"Come dine with us Uncle"
Interrogative
"Are there no prisons?"
Declarative
"Mankind was my business!"
Exclamation
"This boy is Ignorance; this girl is Want"
Imperative

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Match the quotations below with the correct literary technique in the opposite column.

Column A

Column B

"The oranges and lemons which were urgently entrea...
Personification
"Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?"
Simile
"The cellar door flew open with a booming sound"
Pathetic fallacy
"External heat and cold had little influence on Sc...
Metaphor
"Scrooge was as hard as flint"
Repetition/rhetorical question
"You have replaced me with a golden idol"
Onomatopoeia

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"Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so that people ran about with flaring link, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages and conduct them on their way.  The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall became invisible and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there."  

 

Highlight key words in the extract that would help you to analyse the atmosphere in this text. 

Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so that people ran about with flaring link, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages and conduct them on their way. The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall became invisible and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.

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Fill in the blanks below to complete the description of the Cratchit's Christmas pudding: 

Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so that people ran about with flaring link, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages and conduct them on their way. The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall became invisible and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.

Match the descriptions below to the correct ghost:

Column A

Column B

"His body was transparent so that Scrooge , lookin...
Jacob Marley
"Girded around its middle was an antique scabbard,...
Yet to Come
"The arms were very long and muscular, the hands t...
Christmas Past
"He felt it was tall and stately when it came besi...
Christmas Present

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Match the quotations below with the correct character:

 

Column A

Column B

"His face was ruddy and handsome, his eyes sparkle...
Fezziwig
"He laughed all over himself, and called out in a ...
Fred
"A fair young girl in a mourning dress with eyes f...
Bob
"The cold within him froze his features, nipped hi...
Scrooge
"He put on his white comforter and tried to warm h...
Belle

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How is Scrooge presented as a lonely character in A Christmas Carol?

 

You should have enough evidence from this worksheet to be able to answer this question, but feel free to use your novel or the internet to help with your response.  

 

Have a go at writing two PEE paragraphs, which would help to answer this question.

 

Remember:  If you know what technique Dickens has used, you're showing your examiner that you can recognise literary devices.

 

Also, say a lot about a little.  Develop your answer by picking out certain words that you can analyse in more depth.

 

Good luck!

 

  • Question 1

"Marley was dead: to begin with.  There is no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.  Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon change for anything he chose to put his hand to.  Old Marley was as dead as a doornail."

 

Read the short introduction to the start of the novel and choose the most suitable answer from below:

 

1. What is the narrator trying to establish at the very start of the novel?

A: Marley might come back

B: Marley will not be mentioned again as he is dead

 

2. What literary technique has Dickens used to describe Marley, and why may he have chosen a doornail to compare Marley to?

A: A simile

B: Onomatopoeia

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A: Marley might come back
B: Simile
EDDIE SAYS
Good work if you chose A for question one and B for question two! At the start of the novel, Dickens refers to Marley being dead six times. He wanted to firmly establish that he is no longer alive, which must suggest he will return somehow. Dickens was also paid by the word therefore some of his descriptions are pretty long!
  • Question 2

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Match the correct quote with the character who says it: 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"To the founder of our feast - Mr...
Bob Cratchit
"I've come to take you home broth...
Fan - Scrooge's sister (Fred's mu...
"Mankind was my business!"
Jacob Marley
"What reason have you to be miser...
Fred
"God bless us everyone!"
Tiny Tim
"This boy is Ignorance; this girl...
The Ghost of Christmas Present
EDDIE SAYS
Extension: Can you think about why these quotes are so important and what it tells us about the characters' personalities? For example: Tiny Tim is a good, sweet child who cares about others around him, even though he is really ill and might not live. How does this compare to Scrooge's attitude?
  • Question 3

How does Dickens present the change in Scrooge through the novel?

 

Match the quotes to the stave that Scrooge says them in to show how he changes his attitude. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"Every idiot that goes around wit...
Stave one
"I am as light as a feather!"
Stave five
"Have they (Ignorance and Want) n...
Stave three
"You were a good man of business ...
Stave one
"Spirit! Show me somebody who fee...
Stave four
"I am going to raise your salary!...
Stave five
"Tell me Tiny Tim will not die?"
Stave three
"There was a carol singer at my d...
Stave two
"Lead on spirit! The night is wa...
Stave four
""What is that upon your cheek?" ...
Stave two
EDDIE SAYS
Scrooge is rude to the charity workers in stave one and refuses to donate any money. However, in stave five, he is much more polite and gives them a large donation. Scrooge is really rude to Fred and refuses to come over for Christmas lunch. In contrast, he humbly goes to Fred's house in stave five and is much nicer. Scrooge snaps at Bob for applauding Fred's speech and isn't happy that Bob wants Christmas Day off in stave one. His attitude is totally different at the end and he gives him a pay rise and buys him a large turkey. Scrooge throws a ruler at a young, hungry carol singer child in stave one. He is much kinder to the little boy who he asks to buy Bob's turkey in stave five and even has a joke with him!
  • Question 4

Match the quotations with the correct sentence type: 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"Come dine with us Uncle"
Imperative
"Are there no prisons?"
Interrogative
"Mankind was my business!"
Exclamation
"This boy is Ignorance; this girl...
Declarative
EDDIE SAYS
Showing your examiner that you can also analyse types of sentences is another tip to gaining a few extra marks. Have a read through some of the quotations in this worksheet to see if you can figure out which sentence type is being used.
  • Question 5

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Match the quotations below with the correct literary technique in the opposite column.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"The oranges and lemons which wer...
Personification
"Are there no prisons? Are there ...
Repetition/rhetorical question
"The cellar door flew open with a...
Onomatopoeia
"External heat and cold had littl...
Pathetic fallacy
"Scrooge was as hard as flint"
Simile
"You have replaced me with a gold...
Metaphor
EDDIE SAYS
Understanding and analysing a technique will impress your examiners. It's useful to revise how to recognise literary devices. Make sure you comment on the effect though - examiners are looking at how well you can analyse and suggest why the technique is effective and why Dickens has chosen to use this device.
  • Question 6

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"Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so that people ran about with flaring link, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages and conduct them on their way.  The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall became invisible and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there."  

 

Highlight key words in the extract that would help you to analyse the atmosphere in this text. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so that people ran about with flaring link, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages and conduct them on their way. The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a gothic window in the wall became invisible and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.
EDDIE SAYS
This extract has some lovely examples of pathetic fallacy, personification and onomatopoeia. It really brings the description to life and gives the piece an eerie atmosphere.
  • Question 7

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Fill in the blanks below to complete the description of the Cratchit's Christmas pudding: 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Dickens really loved his descriptions! He uses very sensual language to help the reader see, smell, touch, hear and taste the descriptions. This is a really good technique to use when creative writing to help your reader really visualise what you are describing.
  • Question 8

Match the descriptions below to the correct ghost:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"His body was transparent so that...
Jacob Marley
"Girded around its middle was an ...
Christmas Present
"The arms were very long and musc...
Christmas Past
"He felt it was tall and stately ...
Yet to Come
EDDIE SAYS
Each ghost is described in great detail by Dickens (don't forget, he was paid by the word! ). It would be hard to remember everything about each, so maybe pick 2-3 details that stand out to you for each.
  • Question 9

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Match the quotations below with the correct character:

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"His face was ruddy and handsome,...
Fred
"He laughed all over himself, and...
Fezziwig
"A fair young girl in a mourning ...
Belle
"The cold within him froze his fe...
Scrooge
"He put on his white comforter an...
Bob
EDDIE SAYS
The descriptions of the characters tell us a lot about their attitude and behaviours. Fezziwig and Fred are very jolly, happy characters. Bob is quite small, possibly through lack of food. Belle is fair and young but sad that she has to break up with Scrooge. Let's not forget Mr Scrooge! He has the harshest description, which really informs us of his mean character at the start.
  • Question 10

Image result for a christmas carol

 

How is Scrooge presented as a lonely character in A Christmas Carol?

 

You should have enough evidence from this worksheet to be able to answer this question, but feel free to use your novel or the internet to help with your response.  

 

Have a go at writing two PEE paragraphs, which would help to answer this question.

 

Remember:  If you know what technique Dickens has used, you're showing your examiner that you can recognise literary devices.

 

Also, say a lot about a little.  Develop your answer by picking out certain words that you can analyse in more depth.

 

Good luck!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: Scrooge is presented as a lonely character in stave one through the simile "as solitary as an oyster" This suggests that Scrooge has a hard exterior and is emotionally firmly closed, shutting others around him out. The word "solitary" suggests that he enjoys being alone - maybe because he has shut everyone around him out through his mean behaviour over the years.
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