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 does Jadis think that Uncle Andrew has seen her face?

2. What emotion does the Queen show when she realizes the palace is breaking up?

3. What color rings are the children wearing when they first jump into the new pool?

4. Which of the following does Digory miss about his old home in the country?

5. What does Digory do before picking up the ring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is the Wood like the tunnel that the children had explored in the houses?

5. Why did Uncle Andrew need two children for his "experiment" with the rings?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Jadis speak the Deplorable Word?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character of Uncle Andrew. Which of the adjectives below best describes him? Give examples of his actions and words to explain your decision.

Choose one of the following:






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

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.

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