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 is stopping all the clothes from rotting away?

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

3. Which of the following does Jadis not suggest as a means of transport?

4. From where did the box that Andrew took from Mrs Lefay come?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Strawberry the horse remember about his old life in London?

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

3. What effect does arriving in the Wood Between the Worlds have on the characters?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the author suggest that Polly did at the river?

10. What things show that the place they have come to is a new world that is just beginning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Digory's house in London at the start of the book and what it is like at the end. How has the house changed? Consider physical changes, and also symbolic changes with respect to the theme of Life versus Death.

Part 1: Describe Digory's house at the beginning of the novel.

Part 2: Describe how Digory's house changes by the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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