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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 the Comte de Saint-Germain try to make Sophie and Josh believe?
2. What does Flamel tell Sophie to do?
3. Where does Machiavelli think he'll be able to catch Flamel and the others?
4. Where is the closet where Josh is located?
5. How many pages are missing from Dee's copy of the book that mentions the twins?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Flamel leave the others and why does he want to make a phone call?
2. What do Joan and Flamel and Sophie do as they arrive at the Seine?
3. What happens when Josh stabs the Nidhogg in the tongue and what does the Nidhogg do as a result?
4. What does Mars do when he awakens Josh's powers and why do Mars do so?
5. When does Perenelle leave her cell in Alcatraz and what does she discover once she is free?
6. To whom is Germain married and what does his wife have in common with Sophie?
7. What does Sophie create to allow the group to escape?
8. Who greets Sophie and Joan as they run down the front hall?
9. What does the Witch of Endor tell Flamel?
10. What does Sophie do when she hears Josh and why can't Flamel help?
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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