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. Where does Flamel go in Paris?

2. What does Machiavelli do when he sees Flamel and the others escape into the crowds?

3. How does Sophie know Machiavelli is near?

4. Whom does Flamel want to call?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Dee angry with Machiavelli and what does Machiavelli have Dagon do?

4. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?

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

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

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

8. What is the significance of the Book of Abraham and who possesses the book?

9. Who interrupts Machiavelli at the auction and what does the person want?

10. For what is Machiavelli searching his private files?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes The Magician interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Josh. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Sophie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Flamel. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of John Dee. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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