The Magician Test | Final 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. Who has brought the Nidhogg to Paris?

2. Where does Josh stab the Nidhogg?

3. What do Dee and Machiavelli tell Josh when he wants to leave them?

4. How much does Areop-Enap know about Dee's plans?

5. How does Josh feel from the use of Clarent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Josh and St. Germain go and what does Germain give Josh?

2. What does Perenelle discover as she makes her way into the bowels of Alcatraz?

3. What does Perenelle learn from de Ayala, and what does she ask of him?

4. Why does Josh attack the Nidhogg and what does Scathach tell him to do?

5. Why do Machiavelli and Dee jump out of their car and what do they watch?

6. How does Dee help Josh and why does Josh go with Dee?

7. Describe what happens when Josh catches up with the Nidhogg.

8. What happens when Josh stabs the Nidhogg in the tongue and what does the Nidhogg do as a result?

9. How do Flamel, Joan and Sophie track Josh?

10. What do Joan and Flamel and Sophie do as they arrive at the Seine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Magician. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of trust in The Magician. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be trustworthy? Why? Which are not?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of good versus evil, in The Magician. Who is "good"? Who is "evil"? Who decides what is good and what is evil? How is the theme portrayed in The Magician?

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