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 is Areop-Enap?

2. How does Sophie defeat the other two Disir?

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

4. Of what does Joan assure Josh?

5. What wakes Josh?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has Joan of Arc say she helped Sophie?

4. What else does Perenelle discover in the cells of Alcatraz and what is following her?

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

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

7. How do Machiavelli and Dee induce Josh to stay with them?

8. Who greets Sophie and Joan as they run down the front hall?

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

10. How does Germain help Sophie with her fire magic and what is the result?

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 is one book in a series of novels involving Nicholas and the twins. Discuss the following.

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes The Magician interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Josh. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Sophie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Flamel. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of John Dee. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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