Midnight Magic 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. Who are waiting to meet with Mangus?

2. What does Rinaldo explain about the servants?

3. Where does Mangus go after talking with Teresina?

4. What surprises the Queen about Mangus' interview with the Princess?

5. Where is Prince Lorenzo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Before whom are Mangus and Fabrizio brought? Why?

2. What does Mangus need to know? Why does he send Fabrizio in search of the information?

3. Who is also watching the ghost that Fabrizio sees? What does this person do?

4. What does Teresina say the ghost wants? What is the King's response?

5. What does Teresina say the ghost wants and who does she think the ghost is?

6. Who is Teresina set to marry in two days? Why is she marrying so soon?

7. What does Rinaldo explain to Fabrizio? Who comes into the chapel as the two are talking? What happens next?

8. How does Mangus feel about the King's request?

9. What is Mangus ordered to do while traveling to the castle? Why is he ordered to do so?

10. Who has a conversation in the chapel? What is the gist of what they say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world of academe, fantasy is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1) Why do you think fantasy might be considered second rate compared to the classics?

2) Do you think fantasy has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3) What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading fantasy? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4) Would you read fantasy even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1) Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2) Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Midnight Magic help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Midnight Magic? Why or why not?

3) Choose one specific incident in Midnight Magic to compare Fabrizio or Mangus's response to how you think you would respond in the same situation.

Essay Topic 3

Fabrizio is twelve in Midnight Magic. Discuss the following:

1) What are some ways that Fabrizio seems like an average twelve-year-old? Explain your reasoning.

2) What are some ways that Fabrizio seems older than his age? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character development of Fabrizio throughout the book.

3) Is it fair and realistic to expect a twelve-year-old to do what Fabrizio has done in Midnight Magic? Why or why not? Do you think a twelve-year-old is likely to use magic wisely? Explain.

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