The Magician's Assistant Test | Final 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. Which Fetters child is named after Mr. Fetters?

2. Who does Sabine think deserved to be the real magician's assistant?

3. What is Sabine's decision about visiting with the Fetterses?

4. What does Sabine understand about Parsifal now?

5. Which of the following does Sabine NOT do during the next few days at the Fetters home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What news does Sabine tell the Fetters family that upsets them?

2. How do Sabine's views of the world differ from Dot's perspective?

3. How is Parsifal's true past so different from the one Sabine had always envisioned?

4. What makes Sabine wonder if the people she loved put on brave faces for her?

5. How do the stories about Albert Fetters make Sabine realize that Parsifal did what he had to do in order to survive?

6. Who are Kitty's sons and what do they find fascinating about Sabine?

7. Why does Dot think that her expectation that Guy would come home cause her to lose him forever?

8. What does Sabine make of the kiss from Kitty?

9. How does Sabine come to realize that Parsifal had had a hard life long before she met him?

10. How are Sabine's memories of the Tonight Show performance different from how the Fetters family views it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

THE MAGICIAN'S ASSISTANT is a classic story of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book. List at least five and cite your reasons for each.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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