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 does Machiavelli wonder about when he is talking to one of his allies?

2. What is the other name for Elder Mars Ultor?

3. Whose scrying spell does Dee use to spy on Perenelle?

4. About what does the Sphinx wonder aloud?

5. Who formed an alliance with Perenelle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cernunnos do in Chapter 61, and what is Dee's reaction?

2. Who lands on Alcatrz and whom do the newcomers first encounter?

3. What shocks Palamedes about a sword?

4. Who picks up Dee at the airport and what does she tell him?

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

6. How does Shakespeare help Nicohlas and the others get to Stonehenge?

7. Where is Perenelle and who is with her?

8. Where does Dee find Excalibur; how does he use Excalibur as a "compass" and what does he know about Clarent and its influence on Josh?

9. What do Scathach and Perenelle talk about and what do they decide?

10. How does Nicholas contact Perenelle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of The Sorceress, much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. there are woods, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of The Sorceress that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in The Sorceress.

2. Define the words as used in in The Sorceress world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of The Sorceress. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in The Sorceress? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from The Sorceress? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Sorceress. Questions that Scott most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Scott' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Scott' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Scott and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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