The Magician's Assistant Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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 killed Parsifal's father?

2. What does Sabine note about all the houses in Nebraska?

3. In what state do the Fetters live?

4. Why does Sabine feel guilty regarding Kitty?

5. Where does Sabine take the Fetters when they arrive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sabine give Roger permission to call Parsifal's family and why does she not think they will contact her?

2. Why did Parsifal leave home at an early age never to return?

3. Why does the Magic Castle experience jolt Sabine into reality about her life?

4. Where does Sabine take Parsifal's mother and sister on their second day in Los Angeles?

5. How does Sabine philosophize her life versus the one Parsifal had?

6. What does Dot tell Sabine about Kitty's belief that Parsifal had a photo of Kitty in his room?

7. Who is Haas and what is his role in the story?

8. How do Sabine's parents feel about her going to Nebraska to visit Parsifal's family?

9. Why did Sabine marry Parsifal, a gay man?

10. What does Phan tell Sabine about Parsifal coming around when he returns to her in a dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Parsifal and Howard. Both men have been a big part of Kitty's life but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for Sabine's life. Will magic be a powerful presence in her life? What is her relationship with the Fetters family? Did she develop a relationship with Kitty? Explain your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Dot. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Dot?

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