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. Why does Josh attack the Nidhogg?

2. What happens as Josh prepares to kill the Nidhogg?

3. What does Scathach tell Josh to do?

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

5. What is the major disagreement Josh and Sophie have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Josh raise an alarm?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Magician. Questions that Scott most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Scott' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Scott' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Scott and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Magician based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Magician is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Magician a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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