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. Which phrase best describes the wood Digory finds himself in?

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

3. In what city is this story set?

4. What two living things (other than trees) does Digory see in the wood?

5. Which piece of scientific equipment is on Uncle Andrew's desk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Aunt Letty give Uncle Andrew such a tart reply when he asks to borrow some money from her?

2. What crucial piece of knowledge does Digory not know about the Witch?

3. Why is the Wood like the tunnel that the children had explored in the houses?

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

5. What does Aunt Letty believe about Jadis?

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

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

8. What possibilities do the children suggest to explain the mysterious yell heard one night by Digory?

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

10. What is ironic about the chief policeman's question to Uncle Andrew?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which scene is the climax or point of maximum tension in The Magician's Nephew? Describe this scene and explain why you consider it to be the climax of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Victorian London is one of several settings in The Magician's Nephew and is the most familiar. Describe this setting, and compare and contrast it with two of the other settings (listed below).

Part 1: Describe Victorian London as it appears in The Magician's Nephew.

Part 2: Compare and contrast Victorian London with one of the other settings in this book.

Part 3: Compare and contrast Victorian London with another of the settings in this book.

Choose two of the following:

The Wood Between the Worlds

Charn

Narnia

Essay Topic 3

The mountain garden where Digory takes the Apple of Life from is intended to represent or be the Narnian equivalent of the Garden of Eden. Describe the mountain garden in your own words, and explain what it does and does not have in common with the mythical Garden of Eden.

(Note: if appropriate, another mythological or legendary garden can be substituted for the Garden of Eden).

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