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. Where does Dot take Sabine after Bertie receives medical treatment?

2. What project does the family watch Sabine do?

3. What do Sabine's parents want her to do?

4. What kind of magic trick does Sabine do for Kitty?

5. Where does Kitty take Sabine that Sabine has never been before?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the kiss from Kitty give Sabine some satisfaction over Howard and his threatening behavior?

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

3. Why is Kitty returning home for awhile and how do Dot and Sabine view this differently?

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

5. What are the circumstances in which Kitty kisses Sabine?

6. Why does Sabine realize a newfound respect for Howard?

7. Who is Howard Plate and what can be assumed by his behavior?

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

9. What is the result of Howard's feeling foolish during the magic trick?

10. Why does Dot think that she handled the situation with Guy so poorly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role of the family in THE MAGICIAN'S ASSISTANT. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family to most families living during the late 20th century? How does the triangular relationship between Parsifal, Phan and Sabine consist of a family of sorts?

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

The search for love is an important theme in THE MAGICIAN'S ASSISTANT. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

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