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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 does Scathach make Sophie promise?
2. Who is Vetala?
3. Who is Catherine de Medici?
4. What does Flamel spot as they are talking to Saint-Germain?
5. Why can't Scathach make on impact on their attacker?
Short Essay Questions
1. To whom is Germain married and what does his wife have in common with Sophie?
2. Why does Flamel ask St. Germain to create a diversion and what does Germain do?
3. Where do Flamel and his companions find themselves after traveling a ley line?
4. When does Perenelle leave her cell in Alcatraz and what does she discover once she is free?
5. What does the opening of the novel tell the reader?
6. What do Sophie and Scathach and Flamel and Josh talk about as they walk toward the Eiffel Tower?
7. For what is Machiavelli searching his private files?
8. Who has located Flamel's group at Sacre-Coeur and how has he done so?
9. Why do Josh's doubts about Flamel resurface?
10. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Magician.
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Magician. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Magician. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Magician. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Scott chooses the symbols he does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Scott chooses the metaphors she does?
3. Discuss Scott's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.) and how they add or detract from the story. Does Scott use too many or too few literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
Essay Topic 3
Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of The Magician, much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. there are woods, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:
1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of The Magician that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in The Magician.
2. Define the words as used in in The Sorceress world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.
3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of The Magician. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in The Sorceress? What word(s)?
4. Were there any words you never really understood from The Magician? Which ones?
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