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 Bastet ask John Dee?

2. Who was guarding Perenelle?

3. Who is Juan Manuel de Ayala?

4. What is the Horned God here to do?

5. Who is responsible for poisoned flies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who calls John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli when they are in Machiavelli's townhouse, and what are the two men's response to the call?

2. Why is Nereus after Perenelle and how does Perenelle defeat Nereus?

3. How and why does the Crow Goddess help Perenelle, and how does she use a simple plan to escape Alcatraz?

4. How do Nicholas and the twins help Perenelle and why does she need assistance?

5. Who is responsible for the poisoned flies and what does he realize?

6. What does the young man in a green parka do at the train station?

7. Describe the clash between Nicholas and his allies and Dee and his allies.

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

9. Who meets Machiavelli at the airport and what encouraging call does Machiavelli receive while still at the airport?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Michael Scott.

2. What in Scott's background may have helped him in writing The Sorceress? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Sorceress is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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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