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. What does Andrew suspect about himself, but has never told anyone?

2. The climax of the Chinese magician's show was producing a(n) _______________ from nowhere.

3. How does Borden get backstage as one of Angier's shows in Section 5, Part 2?

4. The Machine used for the New Transporting Man is designed to make the audience a bit __________.

5. What was Nikolas Tesla's scientific concentration?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Alfred write about his secret in Section 2?

4. What happens when Borden sneaks backstage during Angier's show in America?

5. Describe Angier's most famous trick.

6. How does Angier meet Julia Fensell, and how does their relationship progress?

7. Describe Angier's first attempts at performing illusions on stage.

8. Did either Borden or Angier ever try to reconcile their feud? If so, what happened?

9. Who is John Henry Anderson, and what was his relationship with Alfred?

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

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

Olive Westcombe is a very important secondary character in The Prestige. Describe her role in the book, and what her character revealed about Borden and Angier to readers.

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