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. Where does the Ketterley family originate?

2. What expressions are seen on the faces at the beginning of the row of images?

3. Who was riding in the hansom that the Witch was driving?

4. What is distinctive about the doors leading into the Hall of Images?

5. Who did Jadis fight for the throne?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Cabby think has happened?

3. Summarize, in your own words, how Uncle Andrew obtained the dust used for making the rings.

4. What things show that the place they have come to is a new world that is just beginning?

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

6. What arguments does the Witch use to try to persuade Digory to eat the apple himself or take it home to his mother? Give at least two for each.

7. What is the first clue that the travelers are nearing the orchard where Digory has to pick the apple?

8. In what way is the treatment of Uncle Andrew an example of poetic justice?

9. How do they manage to get back inside their house in spite of the crowd by the front door?

10. What is ironic about the chief policeman's question to Uncle Andrew?

Essay 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

The Magician's Nephew explores the theme of power, kingship and corruption. What points are raised by this text regarding this theme? Explain some ways that this theme is illustrated in the text and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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