If you have chosen to submit your answers via the blog, you have come the right place! Here are the questions:
- What narrative hook does the opening sentence of Stave One imply?
- “You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” Why do you think Dickens directly addresses “you” here?
- Re-read the description of Scrooge in the 6th paragraph of Stave One (beginning with “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!” What does this description tell you of his character? Which words does Dickens use to create an image of Scrooge?
- Contrast Scrooge and his nephew. How are they different?
- How does Scrooge feel about celebrating Christmas?
- Why does Scrooge like the darkness? (paragraph 85; just after Scrooge sees Marley’s face in the door knocker.)
- What do you think Marley’s chain represents? Why does he wear it? Why does he appear to Scrooge? What warning does he give Scrooge?
- Which quote from Stave One do you think shows that Marley is sorry for the priorities he had when he was alive?
- Why are the phantoms (three paragraphs from the end of the stave) upset?
By the way, what do you think of the story so far??