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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Nicholas realize there is an intruder?
2. How does the person meeting Machiavelli know who he is?
3. What does Dee think Cernunnos needs to do to improve Cernunnos' creation?
4. How do Ayala and Perenelle plan to keep the Sphinx occupied?
5. What does Palamedes worry about concerning Clarent?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Sorceress and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Sorceress is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think The Sorceress is? Explain your response.
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.
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