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

2. What does Aunt Letty fall onto?

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

4. What does Uncle Andrew keep hidden in his wardrobe?

5. What made Uncle Andrew's hair turn gray?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. From the expressions on the faces of the images, what can be deduced about the history of the place they have found themselves in?

6. What do the children quarrel about?

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

8. What does Aunt Letty believe about Jadis?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jadis is referred to as being an evil witch. Is this view of her justified? State why or why not, and give examples to back your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

We are only told about two of the other worlds that can be reached using the magic rings and the pools in the Wood Between the Worlds. Create a new world of your own and describe it in detail. How is it different to the real world and how is it the same?

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