The Sorceress Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Scott (Irish author)
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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 is the Crow Goddess' attitude towards Alcatraz?

2. Who decides it is time to flee?

3. Who does Juan Manuel de Ayala say is coming for Perenelle?

4. Where are the twins to go?

5. Who are Josh and Sophie's ancestors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sophie tell Nicholas she wants to do and why does he say it is impossible?

2. How does Sophie react to Gilgamesh's confusion and what is Gilgamesh's reaction?

3. How does Nicholas contact Perenelle?

4. What does Dee ask of Machiavelli?

5. What is Palamedes and the Green Knights work and when do they fight the Dark Elders?

6. What does Perenelle learn about the triune goddess and how does Perenelle help part of this goddess group?

7. What spurs Nicholas to talk about the other sets of twins he has dealt with over the years and what does Nicholas say about them?

8. What does Gilgamesh say is important and how does he start the twins' training?

9. What does St. Germain teach Joan of Arc and Scathach and what do the two women discuss?

10. What makes Josh realize he has changed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Sorceress.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Sorceress. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Sorceress. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Sorceress. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Scott chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Scott chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Scott's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliff hangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Scott use too many or too few literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Nicholas Flamel is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Rand whom you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you chose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction need a hero? Explain your answer.

(see the answer keys)

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