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. Why is Nereus after Perenelle?

2. What has Dee collected that are at Alcatraz?

3. What does Niccolo learn about where Dee is going?

4. What is Niccolo's main interest in the Elders?

5. What does Shakespeare decide to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whom does Perenelle visit in the depths below Alcatraz and what does she learn?

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

4. What dangerous plan does Dee make and why does he think he will be successful in executing the plan?

5. How does Nicholas contact Perenelle?

6. Why does Palamedes worry about Josh and what does Nicholas tell Palamedes about Gilgamesh?

7. Why does Palamedes become irritated with Nicholas and what does he suggest about Nicholas' impatience?

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

9. What is the difference between Josh and Sophie's lives concerning their new-found powers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes The Sorceress interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Nicholas. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Perenelle. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Sophie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Josh. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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

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).

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