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 does Scathach tell Sophie as they are walking?

2. How does Flamel communicate his wish to Sophie?

3. Why is Sophie exhausted?

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

5. What concerns Josh after they arrive at the Eiffel Tower?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Flamel leave the others and why does he want to make a phone call?

2. How has Perenelle devised a way to escape imprisonment?

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

4. What does Sophie create to allow the group to escape?

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

6. About what does Josh worry when they first see a man coming towards them, but what is the outcome?

7. What comes to life inside the church and how is it disposed of?

8. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?

9. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

10. Why do Josh's doubts about Flamel resurface?

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Magician. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of trust in The Magician. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be trustworthy? Why? Which are not?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of good versus evil, in The Magician. Who is "good"? Who is "evil"? Who decides what is good and what is evil? How is the theme portrayed in The Magician?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Magician. Questions that Scott most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Scott' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Scott' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Scott and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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