The Colour of Magic Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the researchers initially conduct their research regarding the great turtle?

2. Who does Rincewind interrogate in order to discover Twoflower's whereabouts in Chapter 1?

3. What is one magical quality about a needle made from octiron?

4. Who does Rincewind see in the images formed by the dryads' old world magic?

5. What causes octarine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name three of the gods who are playing the board game.

2. Rincewind realizes that he has not been rescued by the dryad, but has been captured. What are the dryad's plans for Rincewind?

3. Describe the structure of the alternate universe the story takes place in.

4. As the fire is burning at the beginning of the Chapter One, why are the citizens demolishing bridges?

5. What was said to be true about a man who owned a needle made of octiron?

6. How do the two men on the hillside know that the two riders have come from the burning cities?

7. Why does the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork insist that Rincewind acts as Twoflower's guide?

8. As Rincewind concludes his tale, what puzzles Rincewind?

9. What is the agreement between Ymor and Zlorf?

10. Why does the imp from the box scream at Rincewind as Rincewind tries to take yet another picture for Twoflower?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, the conflict between reason and magic is played out.

a. Identify three scenarios in which reason and magic are at odds. What is the impact of this conflict on the situation and on the characters involved?

b. Explain how the conflict between reason and magic can be explained away and the two ideas can co-exist.

Essay Topic 2

By the end of the story, Rincewind and Twoflower have been away from Ankh-Morpork for six months. How have both characters been changed from the beginning of the story? Provide specific examples. How has the relationship between these two men changed from the beginning of the story? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Both Kring and Luggage are inanimate objects infused with magical qualities that bring them to life.

a. Describe both of these objects in terms of the objects' looks and characteristics.

b. Compare and contrast these two objects in terms of purpose in the story, affect on the other characters, and overall plot impact.

c. What lasting effects do each of these objects have on the main characters that they come into contact with? Why are these changes important to character development?

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