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 Perenelle learn from de Ayala?

2. What wakes Josh?

3. Why can't the Nidhogg reach the waters of the Seine?

4. What does Flamel want Scathach to teach Josh?

5. How does Scathach get free of the Nidhogg?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Josh raise an alarm?

4. How does Sophie beat the Disir?

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

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

7. Why do Machiavelli and Dee jump out of their car and what do they watch?

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

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

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

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

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.

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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