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. For what does Machiavelli search his private files?

2. How does Flamel communicate his wish to Sophie?

3. What does Saint-Germain do in response to Flamel's request?

4. What does Flamel spot as they are talking to Saint-Germain?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Witch of Endor tell Flamel?

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

4. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?

5. What is the significance of the Book of Abraham and who possesses the book?

6. Who has located Flamel's group at Sacre-Coeur and how has he done so?

7. How do Josh and Sophie escape the diner and what does Josh suggest to Sophie that they do?

8. For what is Machiavelli searching his private files?

9. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Magician based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Magician is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Magician a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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).

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