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 has happened to Perenelle's magic?

2. Who does Machiavelli tell to contact the Disir?

3. What does Scathach tell Sophie as they are walking?

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

5. How does Machiavelli know of the intruders in the building where he is going?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli agree to help John Dee?

2. Why do Josh's doubts about Flamel resurface?

3. Who does Dagon tell Machiavelli are on the way?

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

5. What comes to life inside the church and how is it disposed of?

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

7. Where is Perenelle and what is her situation?

8. What does Sophie create to allow the group to escape?

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

10. How has Perenelle devised a way to escape imprisonment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nicholas Flamel is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Rand who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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