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. After the fight at the Broken Drum spills into the streets, who does Withel accuse of causing all of the problems in Morpork?

2. As Rincewind and Twoflower travel to Chrim, Rincewind hears the word quaint for the first time. What does Rincewind think quaint means?

3. How many gold pieces does Twoflower advance to his guide for four days of work?

4. Who is the chief of the gods?

5. As Rincewind finishes his story, what does Weasel pick up?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the bronze octagon on Rincewind's clothing signify?

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

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

4. What does Rincewind notice about the box when taking people's pictures?

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

6. What is the Luggage made from?

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

8. On the road to Chrim, the imp tells Twoflower that Rincewind wants to learn how to harness lightning. What does Rincewind insist that he really wants?

9. What does Withel insist upon as he confronts Rincewind?

10. Why did the researchers lower an instrument over the Edge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Twoflower, Rincewind, and Hrun are the three characters featured most prominently in the story. Compare and contrast these three characters in terms of personality, characteristics, and moral codes.

Essay Topic 2

In Dunmanifestin, the gods are playing a board game that is affecting the events in Discworld.

a. Identify and describe the players in the game.

b. How are the game's moves affecting the characters in Discworld?

c. Why does the author introduce the idea of the characters in Discworld be controlled by an outside source? What purpose does this serve? How does this idea further the story line?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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