The Warlock 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 did Virginia go overboard earlier?

2. What does Billy the Kid ask Josh?

3. Where is Abraham the Mage?

4. What is lost to Josh?

5. Who are the Nereids?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Perenelle try to do as they are riding in the Jeep and what does she know about her and husband?

2. Where are Dee, Dare and Josh headed and how does Dare handle their pursuers?

3. Who does Zephaniah spot in Paris and what does she consider them?

4. What happens to the police officers outside a building which Dee and Virginia approach and how do Dee, Dare and Josh feel about it?

5. What does Billy the Kid ask Josh and how does he come to think he may have an answer to the question?

6. Who goes into Xibalba and what do they do?

7. What does Sophie at first believe when she wakes in her aunt's house and what does she do when she realizes otherwise?

8. Where are Machiavelli and Billy the Kid and about what are they talking?

9. What does Dee tell Josh to do on their way to Alcatraz and how do Josh's memories help him in this task?

10. Why does Abraham create the book and what part is Mars supposed to play in the upcoming confrontation with John Dee?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Warlock. 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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Warlock, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Warlock. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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 Warlock? 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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