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. What phrase best describes the palace in which they find themselves?

2. What spells or curses would Jadis cast on Andrew if he disobeys or betrays her?

3. How many policemen are riding in the second hansom cab?

4. What would Polly call Aunt Letty?

5. Where did Jadis learn the Deplorable Word?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Polly start to believe that Uncle Andrew is not mad?

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

3. Why did Jadis speak the Deplorable Word?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do the children quarrel about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Magician's Nephew has, as one of its key themes, the antithesis between life and death/destruction. Describe two or three ways that theme is illustrated in The Magician's Nephew. Which force is shown to predominate?

Essay Topic 2

The character of Aslan is often thought of as representing God in an allegorical form. What are some things that he says or does that support this interpretation? Do any of his actions or things that he says contradict this view?

Essay Topic 3

In many of C.S. Lewis's works, both fictional and non-fictional, selfishness and being self-centered is associated very strongly with evil. Explain some ways that this idea is illustrated in The Magician's Nephew.

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