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 was Mrs Lefay shut up?

2. Which of the following did not happen to the guinea pigs that Uncle Andrew used for his experiments?

3. Which of the following does Polly not keep in the "smugglers' cave"?

4. What color is the waistcoat that Uncle Andrew puts on in an attempt to impress the Witch?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What makes the children lose their fear of Uncle Andrew?

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

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

8. What does Aunt Letty believe about Jadis?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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