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. Who first notices a creature coming in through the garden wall?

2. How does Josh feel from the use of Clarent?

3. Who helps Scathach teach Josh?

4. What does Perenelle ask of de Ayala?

5. Where does St. Germain take Joan, Flamel, and Sophie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Nicholas Flamel is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Rand who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in The Magician? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Magician including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Magician and your own life to support your opinion.

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