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. Of what is Perenelle aware as she travels back into the depths of Alcatraz?

2. What does Josh think the Disir is doing when she climbs the Nidhogg's back?

3. What does St. Germain do to Sophie?

4. Who has a vendetta against Scathach?

5. What happens when the Nidhogg is stabbed in the tongue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who does Machiavelli introduce John Dee to in discussing how to deal with Flamel and the others?

4. How does Sophie beat the Disir?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Perenelle learn from Areop-Enap and what does Areop-Enap agree to do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Magician.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Magician. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Magician. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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

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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