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. How does Josh find himself in a closet?

2. Who confronts Scathach and the twins?

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

4. What does Flamel want to learn by his phone call?

5. What is Josh's response to Flamel's actions concerning the police officer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Perenelle and what is her situation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

9. What does the Witch of Endor tell Flamel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Michael Scott.

2. What in Scott's background may have helped him in writing The Magician? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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