The Magician's Nephew 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. Why does Jadis study Uncle Andrew's face?

2. What phrase does Uncle Andrew use to justify his unethical actions?

3. What sculpture was once used as a fountain?

4. What expected result of being underwater does not happen when using the magic of the pools?

5. Which possible fate does Uncle Andrew not suggest may happen to Polly if Digory does not go to rescue her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name three ways that Polly's attitude differs from Digory's in this chapter.

2. What surprises the children when they open the door and leave the tunnel?

3. Why did Uncle Andrew need two children for his "experiment" with the rings?

4. Name three things Jadis does or says that demonstrate her self-centered nature.

5. Why does Digory wish he was older (or bigger)?

6. What does Digory plan to do with his magic rings?

7. What is unusual about the ruins they find themselves in?

8. Why did Jadis speak the Deplorable Word?

9. Why does Jadis want to travel to our world?

10. From the expressions on the faces of the images, what can be deduced about the history of the place they have found themselves in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Magician's Nephew raises the topic of animal rights and animal experimentation. What attitude does the author seem to take on this topic? Use examples from the novel to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Charn is where Jadis, the personification of the powers of death and destruction comes from. Describe Charn and explain how this setting is also symbolic of death and destruction.

Essay Topic 3

C.S. Lewis is sometimes criticized as being sexist or misogynistic (biased against women). Is this (supposed) bias apparent in The Magician's Nephew? Use examples to justify your answer.

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