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'A Christmas Carol' Questions for Study and Discussion

Charles Dickens' Ghost Story for Christmas

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A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

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A Christmas Carol is the famous ghost story for Christmas, from Charles Dickens--one of the greatest authors in Victorian literature. Scrooge is visited by the ghost of past, present and future. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

  • What is important about the title?
     
  • What are the conflicts in A Christmas Carol? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?
     
  • How does Charles Dickens reveal character in A Christmas Carol?
     
  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
     
  • What are some symbols in A Christmas Carol? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
     
  • Are the characters consistent in their actions? Which of the characters are fully developed? How? Why?
     
  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
     
  • Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?
     
  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
     
  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
     
  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?
     
  • What elements of this novel appear to diverge from the earlier works of Charles Dickens?
     
  • How effective are the supernatural elements of A Christmas Carol?
     
  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?

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