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 wakes Josh?

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

3. What does Josh believe about Scathach?

4. Who has a vendetta against Scathach?

5. What does Joan teach Sophie about Sophie's aura?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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