RR 5) Read the following explanation and then answer the questions below it in your notebook. Add an appropriate heading.

Sabbatarianism is a word for the Christian doctrine or idea that Sunday should be a holy day, and all Christians should avoid working or shopping or any other chores on that day. It was believed by many of the Christians in power in England during the Victorian Era, that Sunday was a day for strict observance as a holy day. It should be reserved for worship or attending church, and nothing else.

This idea was attacked by Charles Dickens throughout his life, despite the fact that he identified as a Christian. In 1836 he published the pamphlet //Sunday Under Three Heads// in opposition to a Bill (or proposed law) that would have extended already strict limitations to Sunday recreation. Dickens felt that these Bills were an attempt by the upper classes to control the lives of the lower classes disguised as simply following the rules of religion. He argued that Sunday was the only day that the poor and working classes could enjoy simple pleasures that the upper and middle classes enjoyed all week. In A Christmas Carol Dickens again voices these concerns through this exchange between Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present.


1. In a handful of detailed sentences, explain how Dickens makes the point against Sabbatarianism on pages 47-48 when Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present are outside the bakehouse. How does the Ghost react to Scrooge's assumption that he, the Ghost, wants the bakehouses closed on Sundays or "every Seventh Day"?

2. What does the Ghost predict for Tiny Tim? Explain what you think will happen to him based on the message given to Scrooge on p. 52. And what is so stinging about the Ghost's words to Scrooge?




Ignorance and Want Challenge (p. 60):

1. Break into 2 teams
2. Turn to p. 60 in A.C.C.
3. Team 1 takes the lines from the top of the page to the middle, ending just after the sentence: "Scrooge started back, appalled."
4. Team 2 takes the lines from "Having them shown to him..." to the bottom of the page.
5. Each team re-reads and discusses its passage, dissecting, analyzing, translating and looking up words when necessary. They present their thoughts to the class, attempting to out-analyze the other team.