The Sorceress Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Scott (Irish author)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli know Perenelle faces as she heads for San Francisco?

2. What does Gilgamesh say are greater killers than weapons?

3. What does Dee want Machiavelli to do?

4. Where is Dee hiding in Chapter 48?

5. What does Dee manage to locate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Sorceress. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Sorceress. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of power in The Sorceress. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of control? What characters seem powerful?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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