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 does Flamel want Scathach to teach Josh?

2. What does Perenelle learn from de Ayala?

3. What do Machiavelli and Dee discuss?

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

5. Who arrives in Paris?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Sophie do when she hears Josh and why can't Flamel help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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