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 Flamel do when they are nearly attacked by a police officer?

2. How much time is left for Nicholas and Perenelle to live?

3. How do Josh and Sophie escape?

4. What does Flamel use as an excuse to get the call made?

5. What does Scathach tell Sophie as they are walking?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Joan of Arc and Scathach know each other?

2. What do Sophie and Scathach and Flamel and Josh talk about as they walk toward the Eiffel Tower?

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

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

5. How does Flamel escape a group of police officers?

6. For what is Machiavelli searching his private files?

7. What does Mars do when he awakens Josh's powers and why do Mars do so?

8. Why does Josh attack the Nidhogg and what does Scathach tell him to do?

9. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

10. Where do Flamel and his companions find themselves after traveling a ley line?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Josh and Sophie. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Flamel and Dee. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Magician help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of The Magician, much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. there are woods, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of The Magician that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in The Magician.

2. Define the words as used in in The Sorceress world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of The Magician. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in The Sorceress? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from The Magician? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

The Magician is one book in a series of novels involving Nicholas and the twins. Discuss the following.

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

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