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

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

3. What happens when they jump into the pools wearing the wrong rings?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jadis want to travel to our world?

2. What will happen to the Witch now that she has eaten an apple?

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

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

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

6. What signs show that some magic is being worked on the animals chosen by the Lion?

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

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

9. Explain the first joke in your own words.

10. Why does Aslan call the Cabby's wife into Narnia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Digory is by far one of the most complex and developed characters in The Magician's Nephew, with a blend of good and bad motives. Explain the sides of his character more fully and state why he is considered to be more of a "good" character rather than an evil one.

1. Describe some examples of his actions that come from good motives

2. Describe some examples of his actions that come from bad motives

3. Describe what action or actions he takes that make him stand out clearly as a character on the side of goodness.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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