The Prestige Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Borden feel about the object he finds beneath the stage at Angier's show in Section 5, Part 2?

2. Whose name is on the book Andrew receives as a package?

3. What does Olive confess to Borden that she originally came to him for?

4. How can the journal entries in Section 6, Part 3 be described?

5. When Borden attended Angier's show in Part 4, Section 2, what body part did he notice Angier favoring?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the situation of Angier an Borden's first meeting.

2. What are the three steps to a magic trick, as Borden explains in his journal?

3. Who is Thomas Elborne?

4. What does Kate believe about the young boy who her father killed?

5. What object did the narrator of Section 6, Part 3 see that was new and frightening, and what happened in that object?

6. How does Borden and Olive's relationship change in Section 4, Part 2?

7. What attempts does Borden make to reconcile with Angier in Section 5, Part 2, and why?

8. What is odd about the package Andrew receives from his father?

9. How does the narration change in Section 2, and what does it focus on?

10. How does Borden and Angier's feud begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are multiple examples of irony in The Prestige, particularly with Borden and Angier's rivalry. Refer to at least three examples of irony in The Prestige, while explaining how the author uses this literary tool throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

When and how was Borden introduced to magic? What information about this time in his childhood does he chose to reveal in his journal entries, and what does this reveal to readers about Bordon?

Essay Topic 3

Self sacrifice is a major theme in The Prestige. Create a convincing argument for who has given more self sacrifice throughout their life - Bordon(s) or Angier.

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