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 Nicholas feel after he asks Conchis the same question that Conchis had previously asked Nicholas who agrees and the two part ways?

2. Why does Conchis take a break while telling Nicholas his life story?

3. Where do Nicholas and Alison meet?

4. Which of the following is found in the manifesto Nicholas reads?

5. Which of the following is not an accurate description Conchis uses as related to Nicholas?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Alison respond to Nicholas and what realization does he come to after receiving her response?

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

3. What does Nicholas read and what is it about?

4. What does Nicholas think Conchis is doing to him and how does that relate to Levierre and Mitford?

5. While Nicholas is walking back to the school after his weekend with Conchis, what does he feel as though he entered?

6. What information does Conchis volunteer to Nicholas?

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

8. What does Lily admit to Nicholas while they are together on the beach after lunch?

9. Who does Nicholas contact via letter and what does he hope to happen because of the letter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways were climaxes in this novel matched in narrative with sexual ones within the novel? Do you believe this was the author's intention? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How did the author use foreshadowing within this novel? Which events were foreshadowed? Was the technique successful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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