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. What happens to endanger Scathach again?

2. About what do Josh and Sophie talk when they are alone?

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

4. Who is watching Josh dealing with the Nidhogg?

5. Why does Germain not know what is happening?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens just as Flamel and Joan think they have saved Scathach?

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

3. Why does Josh raise an alarm?

4. How does Sophie beat the Disir?

5. What wakes Josh and how does Scathach reassure him?

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

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

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

9. What has Flamel recovered from his old house and what does he want Scathach and Germain to do?

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Magician help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Magician? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in The Magician to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

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).

Essay Topic 3

Dee is a servant of the Dark Elders who has been chasing Flamel for hundreds of years in an attempt to get the Book of Abraham. Dee wants to use the book to raise Danu Talis, the home of the Elders, and restore Earth to its previous splendor. However, Flamel knows that if this happens, the humans will be turned into slaves or killed for food for the Elders and he cannot allow this to happen. For this reason, Flamel has fought for hundreds of years to keep the book from the Dark Elders, even making himself immortal so that he can continue to protect the book. However, the spell that keeps Flamel and his wife, Perenelle, immortal must be taken once a month and the recipe is constantly changing. For this reason, Flamel needs to get the book back before the end of the month or he and Perenelle will die.

1. Discuss the implications that Dee, who is a human made immortal, wants to raise Danu Talis in spite of what that event would do to the human race. Use examples from The Magician and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the problems that might arise when someone has been fighting for a cause for hundreds of years and has not yet been successful. How might that affect a person's character, emotions and behaviors, such as Flamel? Use examples from The Magician and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss how the relationship between Nicolas Flamel and Perenelle has influenced their behaviors throughout the hundreds of years in which they have been immortal and fighting the Dark Elders. Use examples from The Magician and your own life to support your answer.

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