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. What does Rincewind call gold's magical quality?

2. At the end of the Prologue, who first notices smoke rising over the land?

3. After the skirmish between Rincewind and Withel, who is trapped inside the Luggage?

4. In the Prologue, where is the noticed smoke coming from?

5. What is the dryad's name who rescues Rincewind, then holds him prisoner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the captain of the ship that rescued Twoflower and Rincewind tell his men to get into the raft and set the ship on fire?

2. How does the troll at the Edge of Discworld furnish his home and obtain most of his belongings?

3. Why is the Patrician ordered to kill Twoflower?

4. Why does the Lady not have a temple built in her honor?

5. As Rincewind concludes his tale, what puzzles Bravd?

6. What do the game pieces in the gods' game look like?

7. Why can't the researchers answer their questions regarding the great turtle's gender?

8. After completing the mortal combat and as Hrun is taking the wine cup from Liessa, he suddenly disappears. Why?

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

10. Why does Rincewind tell the dragon rider that he will never surrender?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author uses two different literary techniques as the story is told. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many people bring cameras on vacation to record their travels, as did Twoflower. What makes Twoflower's picture box unique? How does Twoflower's picture box affect the people around him? The author chose to give Twoflower the picture box. Why? What was the author's intent? What is the author communicating to the reader by virtue of this camera?

Essay Topic 3

Twoflower is described early in the novel as a naïve tourist. In fact, his naïvety is shown throughout events that transpire, as well as how Twoflower reacts to the various events that take place.

a. Describe how Twoflower's naïvety affects his outlook, perceptions, and moral code.

b. How does Twoflower's life inexperience both help and hinder the resolution of situations he finds himself in? Provide concrete examples from the story.

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