How well do you remember the actual story of A Christmas Carol?

You've seen it in every shape and form, but do you remember the original story?


Adapting classic stories into more modern retellings is a common tactic in television and movies. One of the most popular stories to take on is the yuletide classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Published in 1843, this plotline has been reimagined hundreds of times in hundreds of formats.

Take The Odd Couple, for example. In the episode "Scrooge Gets An Oscar," Oscar refuses to be part of the local children's play and, in true Dickens fashion, is visited by spirits of the holiday that help him get over his grumpy disposition and embrace the seasonal cheer. The audience knows the gimmick of these stories, and yet everyone has a favorite adaptation. Whether it's Family Ties, WKRP in Cinncinati or The Flintstones, this story continues to inspire holiday cheer and joy.

But when you strip away your favorite characters, do you still remember the basic plot of the original novella? See if you can ace this quiz!

  1. We'll start off easy; what is the name of the main character who lacks holiday spirit?
  2. What is his signature phrase?
  3. Do you remember the name of his poorly, yet kind-hearted subordinate?
  4. Here's a tricky one: when the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, arrives in his home, Scrooge utters a famous insult to the ghost. What was it?
  5. How many spirits are scheduled to visit the angry Scrooge before the night is through?
  6. What are they called?
  7. The first ghost takes Scrooge back in time to his boyhood. Just as it appears the boy will be left alone for the holiday, someone from his family arrives to bring him home. Who is this person?
  8. The second location visited is a Christmas party that Scrooge attended as a young man. Where was this Christmas party?
  9. The second ghost takes Scrooge to visit one of Scrooge's living relative's Christmas parties. Who is the relative?
  10. Scrooge is then taken to visit the home of his employee, Bob Cratchit. What is his youngest son's name?
  11. When the final ghost appears, Scrooge willingly goes with him to a Christmas Day in the future. Scrooge realizes that he has passed away by looking at...what?
  12. When Scrooge awakens the next day, he's been changed for the better and immediately begins to spread Christmas joy and cheer. Which of these acts was NOT a kindness that Scrooge shared?
  13. Scrooge shares an extra kindness with the Cratchit family the day after Christmas, upon Bob's arrival at work. That kindness was...

How well do you remember the actual story of A Christmas Carol?

Your Result...

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LynCarceo 43 months ago
12/13. I forgot who came to get young Scrooge.
Dario 43 months ago
10 out of 13, and that's pretty good considering the fact that I have never read Dicken's A Christmas Carol. 🎄🎅😁
idkwut2use 43 months ago
100%! :D Yeah, kinda know that tale like the back of my hand by now...
TexasGreek 52 months ago
I got 13 out of 13
Well done! You're a pro when it comes to this holiday classic – excellent work!
Mike 55 months ago
13 of 13. Replayed every year for 62 years. I think I should know it..
booster 56 months ago
11/13 Technically, #5 should be 4 spirits. Jacob Marley, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.
leebillyold 56 months ago
mine was Scrooge the Musical with, I forgot
janet0312 56 months ago
13 out of 13. It's a Festivas miracle!
Mark 56 months ago
13/13. Love A Christmas Carol. George C. Scott (1984) was my favorite version. To me he was the best Scrooge.
LynCarceo Mark 43 months ago
Was that the one with Edward Woodward as the Ghost of Christmas Present? In a gorgeous green robe and great beard?
Runeshaper 56 months ago
I got 12 out of 13
Well done! You're a pro when it comes to this holiday classic – excellent work!

Not sure if I've ever heard #4 used in any of the adaptations that I saw, but it's interesting LOL Great story!
It's definitely in the musical. Scrooge accuses Marley's ghost of
"being a bit of undigested beef, or a blob of mustard."
KellyShort Runeshaper 56 months ago
It's a classic line
Interesting! :)
Glad you like it.
JDnHuntsvilleAL Runeshaper 56 months ago
Look it up on the internet.

“You don’t believe in me,” observed the Ghost.

“I don’t,” said Scrooge.

“What evidence would you have of my reality beyond that of your senses?”

“I don’t know,” said Scrooge.

“Why do you doubt your senses?”

“Because,” said Scrooge, “a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
Runeshaper JDnHuntsvilleAL 56 months ago
I believe that the line was said. I just don't recall hearing that line. Thanks for the info! :)
littledebbie 56 months ago
10/13 It's been quite a while since I've seen it
ScarlettKaiju 56 months ago
This is one of the rare stories that is usually done well, creepy Jim Carrey version notwithstanding. I usually watch the Alistair Sims version and The Muppet Christmas Carol during this season. The George C. Scott one is excellent too.
Moody ScarlettKaiju 56 months ago
The George C. Scott version is my favorite. I watch it on dvd every year. Nothing Jim Carrey does is well done, imo.
BrentwoodJon 56 months ago
The one I like the best is the one with a young June Lockhart and her dad.
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