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 many pages are missing from Dee's copy of the book that mentions the twins?

2. How does Joan of Arc become immortal?

3. Where is Machiavelli at the opening of Chapter 1?

4. What did Scathach once do for St. Germain's wife?

5. Who arrives at the bottom of the stairs just as Flamel opens the locked door?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli at an auction?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Magician belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel mystery?

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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