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. How does Sophie defeat the other two Disir?

2. What is the object related to that Flamel recovers from his old home?

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

4. What did Flamel take from his old home?

5. Who inspects Josh and causes him to feel panic?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Sophie think has happened to Josh and what are Joan and Flamel's take on the situation?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Sophie beat the Disir?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Magician and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Magician is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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

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.

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