The Magician Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Scott (Irish author)
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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 happens after all the candles in the building go out?

2. How does Sophie think of Scathach?

3. What does the Comte de Saint-Germain try to make Sophie and Josh believe?

4. What is the DGSE?

5. Why doesn't Josh trust Flamel or Scathach?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Perenelle and what is her situation?

2. Why is Machiavelli angry when he sees Flamel's group and what does he do?

3. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

4. What does the opening of the novel tell the reader?

5. How do Josh and Sophie escape the diner and what does Josh suggest to Sophie that they do?

6. Who has located Flamel's group at Sacre-Coeur and how has he done so?

7. Who does Dagon tell Machiavelli are on the way?

8. To whom is Germain married and what does his wife have in common with Sophie?

9. What does Scathach make Sophie promise and why does Scathach try to distract Sophie?

10. Why does Flamel ask St. Germain to create a diversion and what does Germain do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in The Magician? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Magician including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Magician and your own life to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Magician and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Magician is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Nicholas Flamel is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Rand who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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