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 the name of Digory's mother?

2. What is Digory afraid of now that the Witch/Queen is in London and in his house?

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

4. What season is it when Digory and Polly decide to explore the houses?

5. What form of transport does Uncle Andrew order for the Witch and himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Aunt Letty believe about Jadis?

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

6. How do the rings actually work for traveling from world to world?

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

8. Why did Jadis speak the Deplorable Word?

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

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 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

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



Essay Topic 3

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?

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