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 Sophie know Machiavelli is near?

2. What does Perenelle notice throughout Alcatraz?

3. Who interrupts Machiavelli when he is in the middle of business?

4. What does Flamel ask Saint-Germain to do?

5. Who arrives at the Eiffel tower first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sophie do when she hears Josh and why can't Flamel help?

2. How does Mars die?

3. What does Sophie think has happened to Josh and what are Joan and Flamel's take on the situation?

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

5. What else does Perenelle discover in the cells of Alcatraz and what is following her?

6. Describe what happens when Josh catches up with the Nidhogg.

7. Where does Flamel find a way to contact the Witch of Endor and how does he explain his need to the proprietor?

8. For what is Machiavelli searching his private files?

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

10. What happens when Josh stabs the Nidhogg in the tongue and what does the Nidhogg do as a result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Magician is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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