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. What does Conchis use to distract Lily?

2. What did Conchis study when he was in Argentina?

3. When did conversation between Nicholas and Conchis become particularly difficult?

4. What does Nicholas smell as he is getting ready for bed?

5. Which of the following best describes how Nicholas views himself as a poet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nicholas observe after he releases Lily and watches her go?

2. What four events does Conchis share with Nicholas as he begins the story of his life?

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

4. What resolution does Nicholas come to about Conchis and privacy as well as Conchis and Alison?

5. What does Nicholas decide about meeting Alison and what does he resolve to do about it?

6. What decisions did Conchis come to in regard to war and what did this make him determined to do?

7. What does Nicholas think about as he lies down and reflects on Conchis and how does Nicholas feel about this?

8. What does Nicholas discover when he is heading to his favorite part of the island on his hike and how does he feel upon this discovery?

9. How does Conchis describe the series of events that brought him to where he is today and how does he indicate it has affected him?

10. What does the main character of this novel learn and how long does he have to gather this information?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What events within the novel break down Nicholas' pre-conceptions about himself? What new preconceptions does this lead to? Why do you think this?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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