Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel


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Why is Dickens' Oliver Twist called a social novel?

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1. In Dickens' Oliver Twist, which character removes Oliver from the workhouse?

2. In Dickens' Oliver Twist, who takes Oliver to Fagin, and why?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Did you read Charles Dickens' famous novel Oliver Twist in high school? In college? Never got around it? Whatever your exposure to this 'social novel,' this interactive quiz will assess your comprehension of the book's story and legacy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the following concerning Oliver Twist:

  • Its role as a 'social novel'
  • The primary characters and their motivations
  • Similarities to Charles Dickens' childhood

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about this important British novel
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about Charles Dickens' life
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about treatment of the poor in a different light

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on Oliver Twist will prepare you to:

  • Describe the major plot points of the novel
  • Discuss the novel's portrayal of British workhouses
  • Explain Oliver Twist's legacy as a 'social novel'