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 ask Nicholas to believe in?

2. What does Nicholas continue to hear that it appears Conchis does not hear?

3. Where does Conchis take Nicholas on a tour?

4. What happens to Lily a few days after Conchis leaves?

5. How does Demetriades appear to spend all of his free time?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How does Nicholas feel about the boys and his colleagues at the school?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an analysis of Nicholas' relationship with woman as described throughout the novel. How would you characterize these relationships? Are any of them healthy? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How would you describe the character of Conchis? Why do you think he is so manipulative? Do you believe you would have been as compliant as Nicholas was? 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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