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. How does Jadis get dragged from the Wood into our world?

2. What does Digory do before picking up the ring?

3. What color is the sky in the new world?

4. How does Jadis think that Uncle Andrew has seen her face?

5. What sculpture was once used as a fountain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Digory say that actually gets Uncle Andrew's full attention and why does it have this effect?

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

3. What are the first things that Digory sees when he comes out of the pool and how does he react?

4. What do they decide to do with the guinea pig and why?

5. What do the children quarrel about?

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

7. Summarize, in your own words, how Uncle Andrew obtained the dust used for making the rings.

8. What makes the children lose their fear of Uncle Andrew?

9. Why is Digory crying when Polly first meets him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Digory is by far one of the most complex and developed characters in The Magician's Nephew, with a blend of good and bad motives. Explain the sides of his character more fully and state why he is considered to be more of a "good" character rather than an evil one.

1. Describe some examples of his actions that come from good motives

2. Describe some examples of his actions that come from bad motives

3. Describe what action or actions he takes that make him stand out clearly as a character on the side of goodness.

Essay Topic 2

The Cabby is chosen to be the first King of Narnia. What aspects of his character will make him a good king? In your answer, refer to some examples other than the scene in Chapter 11 where Aslan questions the Cabby.

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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