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 as he walks back to the school?

2. What job is Alison training for?

3. What does Conchis use to distract Lily?

4. How does Nicholas respond to Alison's emotional reaction?

5. What does Nicholas tell the gatekeeper when he returns his gun?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Alison and Nicholas walk back toward town, what does Nicholas become more aware of and what does he then tell Alison as a result?

2. Why does Nicholas say that he will not be able to have sex with her and how does she decide to handle this news?

3. What does Nicholas see when he goes downstairs himself after Conchis heads upstairs?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an analysis of this book based on the narrative of the journey Nicholas goes through, the way its events are structured and entwined with his external and internal realizations. Include an examination from beginning of the novel through the end of the novel including specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Do you believe Nicholas' actions brought Conchis' game to a predestined conclusion? Why or why not?

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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