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 the DGSE?

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

3. For whom does Machiavelli decide to search?

4. What does Saint-Germain do in response to Flamel's request?

5. In spite of what does Machiavelli order his men to continue searching for Flamel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Magician, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Magician. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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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