Magician, Master Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Raymond E. Feist
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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 the visitor tell the queen about Thomas?

2. Why was Chogana at the swamp?

3. What did Arutha see when he was completely in the room?

4. Who gave Thomas his artifact?

5. Why do they fear Thomas' artifact?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Arutha when he runs to escape?

2. What happens when Amos wakes and what is the gist of his and Trevor's conversation?

3. What does Charles tell Arutha about the Tsurani?

4. Who is the small boy that misled Arutha and what does he say about himself?

5. What was the dream the young man had and what did he do about it?

6. What does the queen decide? What does that decision tell you about the queen?

7. Who brings news to Arutha about the Tsurani and who is winning the war?

8. What is the man standing outside a room doing and wearing? What can you infer from his dress and manner?

9. What does Cook tell Arutha about why they took him, Martin and Amos?

10. Who are the Valheru and why would anyone want any of their artifacts? What can you infer about the Valheru from their artifacts effect on people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the common elements of fantasy is the presence of some sort of magic. Discuss the following:

1. Is it fair that Pug (Milamber) is honored and elevated in position from that of a slave when it is discovered that he has great magical abilities?

2. What sort of cultural problems do you think the United States would have if it were suddenly discovered that 1% of its population possessed magical abilities similar to that which Pug (Milamber) has?

3. Would you want to part of the 1% of the population that possesses magical abilities? Why or why not?

4. Do you think most people would use their magical abilities for good or evil? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 7, Princess Anita is smuggled on board in order to escape a forced marriage with Guy du Bas-Tyra, who wants to use Anita as a means to gain the throne. Anita announces to her cousin, Arutha, that their parents had intended them to marry for the sake of the kingdom ever since the two were quite young. In many cultures both in fantasy and the "real" world, women have no say over who they marry--even in the Western world up until the 20th century, women were often forced to marry for political or social expediency. Discuss one of the following:

1. How would you react if you were told at a very early age who you would marry? Would you be willing to obey your parents knowing that there is very little future for an unmarried woman.

2. Even though women have been controlled as far as marriage for centuries, some men are just as "stuck" with an unwanted marriage partner as a women--these are usually nobles who must marry to keep or raise the standing of their families. If you are a man and are told who you would marry and you found that person quite unacceptable, would you give up money and position to defy your parents?

3. Why do you think forced marriages are occurring less and less often even in countries where woman are still quite oppressed?

Essay Topic 3

Thomas is in a sense possessed when he dons the Valheru suit of armor. When in chapter 9, he starts beheading the Tsurani guards and slaves, he does so not as Thomas but as the Valheru who used to own the suit. Discuss the following:

1. Should Thomas be held responsible for the murders he commits when possessed by the Valheru?

2. In our culture, someone who commits a crime such as murder who is proven to be insane is remanded to a psychiatric institution rather than prison. Do you think this is the best way to handle the criminally insane?

3. Is anyone who murders sane? Is the act of murder in and of itself insane?

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