The Magus 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 Alison feel about Nicholas' response?

2. What does Nicholas do after breakfast?

3. What would happen if Nicholas lost the game of chance Conchis proposed?

4. What does Lily allow Nicholas to do before she leaves him?

5. What does Nicholas discover he has as he leaves Conchis' villa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nicholas receive from Maria and what is contained in what he receives?

2. What kind of novel is this novel and how does the narrative structure play into this framework?

3. What does Nicholas consider when he realizes that he is a very bad poet and what actually happens?

4. What discussion takes place in regard to the voices heard by Nicholas the night before?

5. What shocks Nicholas when he is looking around the music room?

6. What does Conchis tell Nicholas happened to him after he safely makes it back to England?

7. How does the character of Mitford describe life on the island to Nicholas and what does he speak mysteriously about?

8. What relationship did Conchis tell Nicholas about and in what way was he like Conchis?

9. What realization does Nicholas come to in regard to Alison and then about himself?

10. What had changed in the room Nicholas was using when he stayed at Conchis' villa and how was it different?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you believe the author referred to the villa as "the waiting room?" Do you believe it is an accurate term? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What personal truth does Nicholas realize throughout this novel? What universal truth is shared with the reader in this novel? How do you personally feel about this universal truth? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In what way is the novel's key thematic and narrative point that personal identity and integrity depends on the power of choice? Do you agree with this idea? Why or why not?

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