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 unsettling thing does Digory hear one night coming from the attic?

2. Into which pocket does Digory put the green rings?

3. What happens to Jadis when she is in the Wood Between the Worlds?

4. What interests Polly most about the Hall of Images?

5. How many nobles did the Queen's great-grandfather kill in the banqueting hall?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Uncle Andrew do after he leaves his study and why?

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

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

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

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

6. How is Jadis different from a human from our world?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Problems and overcoming problems are very important to create plot tension. Describe one problem faced by a character in The Magician's Nephew and explain how this problem is overcome.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Some people claim that conflict is essential to create plot tension. With whom does Digory conflict? Choose one of his conflicts, describe it and explain how this conflict is resolved.

Part 1: List the other characters with whom Digory is in conflict.

Part 2: Choose one of these conflicts and describe it.

Part 3: Explain how this conflict is resolved.

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