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 wakes Perenelle in Alcatraz?

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

3. What is the Sacre-Coeur?

4. From whom have Nicholas and the twins escaped?

5. What does Flamel take from the wall of a building?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Machiavelli angry when he sees Flamel's group and what does he do?

2. What has Flamel recovered from his old house and what does he want Scathach and Germain to do?

3. How does Mars die?

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. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?

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

8. What wakes Josh and how does Scathach reassure him?

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

10. What is Sophie unaware of as she rushes into Mars' chambers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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