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 is Machiavelli's position in the DGSE?

2. How many pages are missing from Dee's copy of the book that mentions the twins?

3. What does Scathach make Sophie promise?

4. What does Flamel spot as they are talking to Saint-Germain?

5. How does Joan of Arc become immortal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?

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

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

5. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

6. Where is Perenelle and what is her situation?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Magician is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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 The Magician help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Magician? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in The Magician to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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