Nearly two centuries after it was first published, "A Christmas Carol" remains an integral part of the holiday season and provides a message that's as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Despite its ghostly characters, the story manages to ooze holiday spirit and proves that even the most miserable among us can one day find redemption. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the history, characters and greatest adaptations of this Christmas classic!
How many ghosts visit Scrooge in the book?
Scrooge is visited by four ghosts in total, including former partner Jacob Marley as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come.
Charles Dickens needed just six weeks to pen his masterpiece, which was released in December 1843. Washington Irving was a famous writer in his own right, and his works helped inspired the image of Santa Claus presented in Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas."
What everyday object transforms into Marley's face?
Even after his door knocker transforms into a ghostly version of his former partner, Scrooge is reluctant to believe that something spooky may be heading his way. It takes some convincing from Marley and his heavy chains to make Scrooge begin to doubt himself.
The original novella includes five chapters -- or staves. They include an introduction, a visit from each of the three ghosts, and a look at Scrooge's transformation after meeting his ghostly visitors.
What year was the book adapted to film for the first time?
The first movie version of the book was a short called "Scrooge" or "Marley's Ghost" that was released way back in 1901. It was followed by a now-lost 1908 adaptation, which was also a short rather than a full-length film.
What was unique about the 1970 version of the film, which was also called "Scrooge?"
It was in Spanish.
It was a musical.
Albert Finney played Scrooge in the 1970 film of the same name. While it was another in a long line of movie adaptations of "A Christmas Carol," it was the first major motion picture to capture the story in the form of a musical.
What year did Disney release an animated version of "A Christmas Carol?"
"Mickey's Christmas Carol" came out in 1983 and was the first original cartoon produced since the 1950s starring the famous mouse. Repeated airings on network TV made the Disney version of the story the first exposure many people had to Dickens' classic tale.