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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.

 

The mention of Marley's funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet's Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot -- say Saint Paul's Churchyard for instance -- literally to astonish his son's weak mind.

 

Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names: it was all the same to him.

 

Oh!  But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!  Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.  A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin.  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.

 

 

Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 

 

  1.  C – Why does the author keep reminding us that Marley is dead?
  2.  I - Why do you think Scrooge never 'painted out' Marley's name?
  3.  I – Why did new people to the firm call Scrooge by Marley's name?
  4.  I – What does Tight-fisted mean?
  5.  I – What does this bit of text tell us 'didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas'?

 

Home learners please could you submit your answers on by using the 2do template on Purple Mash.

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