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 smell is associated with what Sophie does?

2. Who is Catherine de Medici?

3. Why is Sophie exhausted?

4. Who collects Japanese Kabuki masks?

5. What does Flamel tell Sophie to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the Witch of Endor tell Flamel?

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

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

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

9. To whom is Germain married and what does his wife have in common with Sophie?

10. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Magician and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Magician is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Magician is? Explain your response.

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