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The Magician's Nephew Study Guide - Final Test

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profound
(adjective) : having or showing great knowledge or understanding
destiny
(noun) : what happens in the future : the things that someone or something will experience in the future
sage(s)
(noun) : a person who is very wise
bureau
(noun) : a piece of furniture with several drawers in which clothes are kept : chest of drawers
asylum
(noun) : a hospital where people who are mentally ill are cared for especially for long periods of time : a mental hospital
charwoman
(noun) : a woman who cleans houses or office buildings
pantomime
(verb) : to make the movements of someone who is doing something without actually doing it : mime
dingy
(adjective) : dark and dirty : not fresh or clean
tousled
(verb) : to make (someone's hair) untidy
indignantly
(adjective) : feeling or showing anger because of something that is unfair or wrong : very angry
chivalry
(noun) : an honorable and polite way of behaving especially toward women
adept
(adjective) : very good at doing something that is not easy
cistern
(noun) : a container that holds a supply of water
grave
(adjective) : very serious : requiring or causing serious thought or concern
ignorant
(adjective) : lacking knowledge or information
feeble
(adjective) : very weak
When Polly first meets Digory, why has he been crying?

Chapters 1&2
Digory has been crying because he feels miserable about being in London, because he doesn't like living with his aunt and his mad uncle, his father is away, and his mother is dying.
Digory tells Polly that Uncle Andrew is either mad, or there's some other mystery." Why does he think there is something mysterious about Uncle Andrew?

Chapters 1&2
Aunt Letty tells Digory to never go up to Uncle Andrew's study. She keeps Andrew from talking to Digory at meal times. Digory hears yelling in Uncle Andrew's study.
What is special about the tunnel Polly discovered behind the attic in her house?

Chapters 1&2
The tunnel connects all the houses in the row.
Where are Polly and Digory trying to go in the tunnel? Where do they end up instead?

Chapters 1&2
Polly and Digory are trying to get into the empty house to explore it. Instead, they end up in Uncle Andrew's study.
What is the very first thing Uncle Andrew does after Polly and Digory enter the room?

Chapters 1&2
The very first thing Uncle Andrew does is lock the door.
What happens to Polly when she touches the yellow ring?

Chapters 1&2
When Polly touches the yellow ring, she vanishes.
How does Uncle Andrew manipulate both Polly and Digory into participating in his experiment? Note especially the things he says to get Polly and Digory to do what he wants.

Chapters 1&2
Andrew tells the children that he becomes lonely and would like someone to talk to. He tells Polly she is an attractive young lady and offers her a ring. When Polly vanishes and Digory screams, Andrew tells Digory not to make noise that might frighten his mother. Andrew gives Polly only a yellow ring so
that Digory must bring her a green ring. Andrew wonders aloud if Digory has the honor and chivalry to go after Polly. Andrew tells Digory that if he doesn't go after Polly, something terrible might happen to her.
When Andrew tells Digory about his godmother, Mrs. Lefay, Digory recalls something mysterious about her.
"Was there-wasn't there-something wrong about her, Uncle Andrew?" he said.
"Well," said Uncle Andrew with a chuckle, "It depends what you call wrong. People are so narrow-minded."
What does it mean to be narrow-minded? In this passage, what does Uncle Andrew mean when he says that people are narrow-minded?

Chapters 1&2
To be narrow-minded means that one is unable to change one's opinion or see things from a different point of view. Uncle Andrew means that people are narrow-minded to say that something is right or wrong.
It is curiosity that results in Digory's and Polly's exploration. It is curiosity that leads Uncle Andrew to begin his experiments. In both cases, satisfying that curiosity brings trouble. Do you think curiosity is dangerous? Explain your answer.

Chapters 1&2
Answers will vary.
Curiosity, itself, is not dangerous. Curiosity, in fret, has led to many great discoveries. However, you may recognize that there is a point at which curiosity becomes dangerous, and that that line must not be crossed.
obstinate
(adjective) : refusing to change your behavior or your ideas : stubborn
sulky
(adjective) : angry or upset about something and refusing to discuss it with others
deplorable
(adjective) : very bad in a way that causes shock, fear, or disgust : deserving to be deplored
aghast
(adjective) : shocked and upset
contemptuous
(adjective) : feeling or showing deep hatred or disapproval : feeling or showing contempt
potent
(adjective) : very effective or strong
minions
(noun) : someone who is not powerful or important and who obeys the orders of a powerful leader or boss
Describe the Wood between the Worlds.
peace and quiet and the warm, green light. peace and quiet and the warm, green light; a strong contrast to Charn
How does Digory compare the Wood to the tunnel that connects the houses?
Digory points out that from the tunnel one can get to any of the houses in the row. Similarly, one can get to any world from the Wood Between the Worlds.
Before they set off exploring the other pools, what do Polly and Digory do to make sure they can find their way home again?
Digory and Polly mark the "home pool" by cutting a strip of turf on the bank.
Uncle Andrew is confused about how the magic rings worked. How do they work?
The yellow rings take one to the Wood, the green rings take one away from the Wood to any of the worlds, depending on the pool one jumps in.
As the Queen leads them out through the collapsing palace, what places does she point out to the children? What does this lead you to believe about the Queen and the ·way she ruled?
The Queen points out the dungeons, the torture chambers, or the banquet hall where her grandfather killed 700 nobles. She seems very proud of these things. It leads readers to believe that the Queen made much use of the dungeons and torture chambers. She was a cruel ruler.
What is "the Deplorable Word"?
The "Deplorable Word" was the word the Queen spoke which destroyed all living things except the person who spoke it.
When Jadis tells the children how she became ruler of Charn, how does she echo the things said by Uncle Andrew in Chapter 2?
The Queen tells the children that she had the right to use her people in whatever way she saw fit. "I was the Queen. They were all my people. What else were they there for but to do my will?" She tells Digory, "You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny." Similarly, Uncle Andrew had said "But of course you must understand that rules of that son, ... can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we arc cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny."
What does Jadis want the children to do? Why
Jadis wants the children to take her to Uncle Andrew, who she assumes is the great ruler of our world.
How does satisfying their curiosity get the children into trouble in this section of reading?
The children are curious about what other worlds might lie at the bottom of the pools. Satisfying that curiosity, they travel to Charn. They are curious about Charn and decide to explore the ruins. Satisfying that, they discover the Hall of Images and the Bdl. Digory is curious about what might happen if the bell is rung. By satisfying that curiosity, Jadis is awakened and begins to make demands.
The Magician's Nephew is written in past tense; events are told as if they have happened already. But when speaking of the Wood between the Worlds, C.S. Lewis occasionally switches to the present tense:

"What on earth's gone wrong?" said Polly in a frightened voice; but not quite so frightened as you might expect, because it is hard to feel really frightened in that wood. The place is too peaceful. (italics added)
. . . they only got their feet wet and splashed their legs for the second time that morning (if it was a morning: it seems to be always the same time in the Wood between the Worlds). (italics added)

What does this change of verb tense mean to the story?
By writing these sections with present-tense verbs, C.S. Lewis is hinting that the Wood Between the Worlds still exists at the present time.
How do the faces of those in the Hall of Images change as Polly and Digory advance down the row of figures? If the first figures were the first rulers of
Charn, and the last figures were the last rulers of Charn, what does this tell you about the history of Cham?
The first faces arc kind and wise faces, farther on they become increasingly solemn, then proud and crud. Then they become more crud and even despairing, as if they "had done dreadful things and also suffered dreadful things." This indicates that over its history, Charn's rulers went from good to bad, and bad to worse, culminating in the worst of all, Jadis.
James 1:14, 15 says:" ... but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." When Digory reads what is written on the pillar, he is tempted to ring the bell. What desire does he have that he didn't have before he read the words on the pillar?
He desires to know what will happen if he rings the bell. The words on the pillar fuel his curiosity.
Jadis calls herself, "the last Queen, but Queen of the World." What did Jadis give up or sacrifice to become Queen of the World?
Read Mark 8:34-36. In this passage Jesus says, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"
What does Jesus command in these verses?
Jadis says that she "paid a terrible price" to learn the secret of the Deplorable Word. By using it, Jadis gave up or sacrificed every living person to gain her position. Jadis may have become Queen of the world, but lt 1s a world where there is no other living thing, and where the cities stand in ruin. In these verses, Jesus says "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
shamming (sham)
(noun) : something that is not what it appears to be and that is meant to trick or deceive people
treachery
(noun) : harmful things that are done usually secretly to a friend, your own country, etc.
scrape
(noun) : a bad, dangerous, or unpleasant situation
truce
(noun) : an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time
grope
(verb) : to search for something by reaching or touching usually with your fingers in an awkward way
hansom
(noun) : carriage
deucedly
(adjective) : devilishly
cowered
(verb) : to move back or bend your body down because you are afraid
hussy
(noun) : a girl or woman who does things that people consider immoral, improper, etc.
Constable
(noun) : a public official whose job is similar to that of a police officer but who is elected or appointed rather than hired
How is the Queen able to follow Digory and Polly when she has no ring?
The Queen grabs hold of Polly's hair, and because she is touching Polly, is taken to the Wood when the children put on their rings.
How does the Queen look and act when she is in the Wood between the Worlds? Why do you think so?
The Queen is much paler, she seems to find it difficult to breathe, she is weak, and there is a look of terror in her eyes.
Answers will vary. There is something about the Wood which has this effect on Jadis. Perhaps because she is so evil she cannot survive in a place that seems so pure and holy.
Why does the Witch only take notice of Digory while in Charn, and only take notice of Uncle Andrew when brought back to our world?
The Witch only pays attention to those people she can use. She recognizes that she can use Uncle Andrew and so she ignores Digory.
What does the author mean by saying that Uncle Andrew was "beginning to be silly in a very grown-up way"?
Lewis writes, "Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind." Uncle Andrew is being silly by imagining that he can get the Witch to fall in love with him. He puts on his best clothes, has two drinks, and admires himself in the mirror.
What does Digory decide he must do to get rid of the Witch?
Digory decides that he must get the Witch back to her own world. He plans to wait for the Witch to come back, rush out and grab her, and slip the yellow ring on his finger.
What does the lady who brings grapes to Digory's mother say that gives Digory hope?
The lady who brings grapes tells Aunt Letty, ''I'm afraid it would need fruit from the land of youth to hdp [Digory's mother] now. Nothing in this world will do much." Digory thinks of the worlds at the bottom of the other pools in the wood. He has the magic rings, and he begins to think that "there might be a real Land of Youth somewhere. There might be almost anything. There might be fruit in some other world that would really cure his mother!" This gives Digory hope that if he searches through all the worlds he will find something to cure her.
C.S. Lewis writes that Uncle Andrew was "vain as a peacock; that was why he had become a Magician." What connection can you make between vanity and wanting to be a magician?
Answers will vary.
Students may note that pride connects the two. Both vanity and a magician's quest for hidden knowledge are a source of personal pride. If one takes Uncle Andrew as being representative of magicians, he certainly thinks that his knowledge sets him above other people. Similarly, vain people think highly of themselves and wish to have others thinking highly of them.
The Witch, who appeared so terrifying in Charn, appears comical in Chapters 6 and 7. Why?
Answers will vary.
Stripped of her magical powers in England, Jadis's true colors show. The myth of her nobility is exposed. She is nothing but a common outlaw, causing much amusement among the populace.
brandish(ed)
(verb) : to wave or swing (something, such as a weapon) in a threatening or excited manner
delirium
(noun) : a state of mental confusion
flask
(noun) : a small bottle, usually flat, thin, and used for carrying liquor
hardy
(adjective) : robust or courageous
vengeance
(noun) : retribution or punishment for wrongdoing
impertinent
(adjective) : improper, exceeding the limits of good manners
abominably
(adjective) : unpleasantly; disagreeably
civilities
(noun) : polite behavior
ostentatious
(adjective) : unnecessarily fancy or showy
How do Digory and Polly finally get the Witch back to the Wood between the Worlds? Who accidentally comes along? How?
When the Witch returns, the policemen try to subdue her. In the confusion, Digory rushes out to grab hold of the Witch. Polly holds onto Digory's other hand. When Digory gets the Witch by the ankle, Polly puts on the yellow ring, sending them all to the Wood between the Worlds. The Cabby, his horse, and Uncle Andrew accidentally come along. The Witch is on the horse, the Cabby is holding the horse's head, and Uncle Andrew (who was nearby), must have been touching one of them. Like magnets, all of those who were touching in some way are taken to the Wood when Polly puts on the yellow ring.
How do each of the following characters react to being taken into the "empty" world?
Uncle Andrew?
the Witch?
the Cabby?
*Uncle Andrew babbles and asks the Cabby if he has some liquor.
*The Witch, with horrible calmness, says "My doom has come upon me."
*The Cab by keeps a clear head and suggests they all sing a hymn.
What do Polly and Digory threaten to do if either Uncle Andrew or the Witch try to take the rings?
Digory and Polly threaten to leave with the yellow rings if either Uncle Andrew or the Witch try to take them.
Near the beginning of Chapter 9, Uncle Andrew actually stands up to the Witch for the first time and complains about her behavior. Reread this section (Chapter 9, paragraph 5). Is this speech an indication that Uncle Andrew is changing for the better, or is it typical of what we've seen from Andrew so far? Explain your answer.
Answers will vary.
The speech is typical of Uncle Andrew. The Witch has embarrassed him and he feels disgraced. He is offended because he has been inconvenienced. He still wants everything done in his way for himself.
What does Digory decide to go ask of the Lion?
Digory decides to go ask the Lion for something to make his mother well.
How do each of the characters react to the Voice (before the Lion appears)?
Polly and Digory?
Uncle Andrew?
the Cabby?
the Witch?
*For Digory, the Lion's song is the most beautiful noise he has ever heard; "so beautiful he could hardly bear it." Polly's reaction is not revealed.
*Uncle Andrew docs not like the Voice, and "if he could have got away from it by creeping into a rat's hole, he would have done so."
*The Cabby says the song is lovely. "I'd ha' been a better man all my life if I'd known there were things like this."
*The Witch "understood the music better than any of them." She hates the song and would smash the whole world-all worlds-to pieces if that will stop it.
How do each of the characters react to the Lion's approach?
Polly and Digory?
Uncle Andrew?
the Cabby?
the Witch?
*Polly is so excited about the world springing to life that she has no time to be afraid. Digory cannot help feeling a bit nervous. Both are afraid the Lion will turn and look at them, but at the same time they wish it would.
*Uncle Andrew's teeth are chattering and his knees arc shaking so that he cannot run away. When he tries, he trips and falls.
*The Cabby, like Digory, cannot help feeling a bit nervous.
*The Witch tries to attack the Lion with the iron bar. When that has no effect she flees, shrieking.
At first Uncle Andrew is frightened and anxious to leave Narnia. He calls it "a most disagreeable place." What does he notice that changes his mind and gets him excited about the "possibilities of this country"?
When Uncle Andrew notices that a new lamp-post is growing where the broken piece of the lamp-post sunk into the ground, he begins to sec the "possibilities of this country." He envisions planting bits of scrap iron and growing engines, battleships, and other things cheaply. "They'll cost nothing, and I can sell 'em at full prices in England. I shall be a millionaire."
C.S. Lewis meant for the creation of Narnia to closely follow the creation of the Earth as recorded in the Old Testament. What is the comparable event from The Magician's Nephew for the following verse?

Genesis 1:2: The earth is formless and empty. There is nothing but darkness everywhere.
Narnia - In the story, there is nothing but darkness everywhere.
C.S. Lewis meant for the creation of Narnia to closely follow the creation of the Earth as recorded in the Old Testament. What is the comparable event from The Magician's Nephew for the following verse?

Genesis 1:11: God creates all the plants.
Narnia - As Aslan sings, plants spring forth from the ground, spreading forth "like a pool" from where Aslan stands.
C.S. Lewis meant for the creation of Narnia to closely follow the creation of the Earth as recorded in the Old Testament. What is the comparable event from The Magician's Nephew for the following verse?

Genesis 1:14-18: God created the sun, moon, and stars.
Narnia - As Aslan sings, the stars suddenly appear in the sky and join him in song. Light grows in the east, and the sun rises for the first time.
C.S. Lewis meant for the creation of Narnia to closely follow the creation of the Earth as recorded in the Old Testament. What is the comparable event from The Magician's Nephew for the following verse?

Genesis 1:20-25: God creates all the creatures of the land, sea, and air.
Narnia - Aslan's song becomes wild, and the ground begins to swell. All the animals of Narnia burst forth from the ground. Birds and insects swarm out of the trees.
cherish
to have the highest regard for
repress
to hold down or hold back
witless
simple, weak-minded
hither
to or toward a place
din
a jumble of noise
sagacious
showing sound judgment
councillors
advisers
solemn
serious, somber
coronation
ceremony of crowning a ruler
blub
cry, sob
curvetted
pranced, frolicked
The following coins fell out of Uncle Andrew's pocket. Find out what each of the following coins are worth in terms of the British pound (the British monetary unit).
half-sovereign?
half-crown?
sixpence?
In 1971, England adopted the metric system, and today 100 pennies equal one pound. Under the old system 240 pennies made one pound. These answers reflect the old system.
half-sovereign = 1/2 of a pound
half-crown = 1/8 of a pound
sixpence = 1/40 of a pound
After Aslan chooses the talking animals, why does he call a council?
Aslan calls the animals together to decide what to do about the evil that has entered Narnia on the day of its birth.
What do the animals decide that Uncle Andrew is? What do they do to him?
The animals decide Uncle Andrew is some kind of tree, and they plant him in the ground and water him.
When Digory asks Aslan for something to make his mother well, Aslan ignores the question at first and instead begins asking questions of Digory. What does Asian ask Digory? How does Digory respond to Aslan's questions?
Aslan asks Digory to tdl the animals how the Witch came to Narnia. Digory tries to tell the truth. When he strays slightly from the truth or tries to place the blame elsewhere, Aslan questions Digory again until Digory owns up to his actions.
Aslan asks the Cabby and his wife to be the first king and queen of Narnia. What does Aslan require of the new king?
As king, the Cabby must be willing to work the land. He must rule kindly and fairly, remembering that the animals arc free subjects of Narnia. He must bring up his children and grandchildren to rule in the same way. He should not play favorites among the creatures or his children. He must be willing to go to war to protect Narnia from her enemies.
Digory finally blurts out a second time his wish for something to make his mother well. What does he see in Aslan's face? What does this tell Digory?
Digory sees great shining tears in the Lion's eyes. This tells Digory that the Lion cares as much about Digory's mother as Digory himself-perhaps even more than Digory.
Aslan gives Digory a quest. Explain the details of the quest. What is the purpose of the quest?
Digory is to travel far to the west of Narnia. He is to look for a green valley with a blue lake. At the end of the lake is a steep green hill. On top of the hill is a walled garden. In the center of that garden is a tree. Digory must take an apple from the tree;: and bring it back to Aslan.
Aslan sends Strawberry to help Digory on the quest. What change comes over Strawberry before he leaves on the quest?
Aslan gives Strawberry wings and renames him Fledge.
Who else goes along on the quest?
Polly accompanies Digory and Fledge on the quest.
Why do you think Strawberry can't remember living in "our world"?
The change that comes over Strawberry after Asian picks him to be one of the talking animals is so great that Strawberry remembers his former life only au dream. His new life is so much better.
On the quest, what does Polly think she sees before they fall asleep for the evening? What do you think it is?
Polly thinks she sees a tall, dark figure moving off to the west. Answers will vary. As we learn later, this figure is Jadis.
What does Aslan command Digory to do with the apple when Digory presents it to him? Why?
Aslan tells Digory to throw the apple toward the river bank. A new tree will grow from the apple. This tree will protect Narnia from the Witch. Aslan says, "She dare not come within a hundred miles of the Tree, for its smell, which is joy and life and health to you, is death and horror and despair to her." (Recall 2 Corinthians 2: 15, 16)
In Digory's absence, what had the animals done to Uncle Andrew?
The animals decide that Uncle Andrew is not a tree. They dig him up and decide to keep him safe somewhere until Aslan has time to come and see him and tell them what to do. They make a cage around Uncle Andrew and try unsuccessfully to feed him. They nickname him "Brandy" because he calls for it so often.
What gift - "the only gift he is still able to receive" - does Aslan give to Uncle Andrew?
Aslan gives Uncle Andrew the gift of peaceful sleep, so he may be "separated for some few hours from all the torments" he has created for himself.
What does Aslan give Digory at the end of chapter 14?
Aslan gives Digory an apple from the newly-planted tree.
What has changed about the Cabby and his wife?
They are dressed in strange and beautiful clothes and rich robes. Their faces have a new expression. The King's courage and kindness arc plain to see on his face; his sharpness and cunning and quarrelsomeness "seemed to have been washed away."
After Digory gives his mother the apple, what does he do with the core? What happens to Digory's mother?
Digory's mother falls into a "real, natural, gentle sleep" without the use of drugs. The next morning her health has improved so much the doctor says it is "like a miracle."
What do Polly and Digory do with the rings?
Digory and Polly bury the rings around the place where Digory buried the apple core. (A new tree was already coming up.)
What is the fate of the tree which grows from the Narian apple?
The tree grows into a fine tree, bearing non-magical apples, but the most beautiful apples in England. When Digory is much older, the tree blows down in a storm. Digory has part of the wood from the tree made into a wardrobe. This is the same wardrobe found in the· book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Does Uncle Andrew change as a result of his experiences in Narnia? If so, how?
Uncle Andrew never tries magic again. Lewis writes that he "had learned his lesson." He becomes nicer and less selfish in his old age.
AsLan tells Digory, ''All get what they want; they do not always like it." How has the Witch, as the words on the garden gates said, found her "heart's desire" and found "despair"?
The Witch finds her heart's desire: she will live forever because she ate the apple, but Aslan says she will loathe its taste forever on. Aslan says, "length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it."
What does Aslan say would have happened if someone had stolen an apple from the garden and planted it in Narnia? What would have happened if Digory had stolen an apple and given it to his mother?
The tree that grew from it would protect Narnia, but it would protect it by making Narnia a cruel empire like Charn. The apple would heal Digory's mother, but Aslan says that her extended life would not bring joy. Both Digory and 'his mother would one day look back and say "it would have been better to die in that illness."
What might C.S. Lewis be warning his readers about the things they desire?
Answers will vary. C.S. Lewis might be warning that we should gravely consider the things that we want. They might not be as good for us as we think.
What is written on the gold gates at the entrance to the garden? What would these words mean to you if you were in Digory's position?
The words written on the gate read: "Come in by the gold gates or not at all/Take my fruit for others or forbear,/For those who steal or those who climb my wall/Shall find their heart's desire and find despair." Answers will vary.
Digory longs to taste the silver apple and is tempted to take a second one for himself. How does Digory attempt to convince himself to do it? What stops him?
Digory wonders if it would be wrong to taste one; the words on the gate "might only have been a piece of advice and who cares about advice?" Digory also wonders if, since he's already obeyed the part about taking one "for others," would it be wrong co take a second for himself? Digory is stopped because he sees a beautiful bird roosting in the tree, seemingly watching him. Had the bird not been watching, Digory might have done it.
Who does Digory see as he leaves the garden? What is she doing? What has changed about her apparently as a result?
Digory sees the Witch eating an apple. The Witch looks stronger and prouder than ever, and even triumphant, but her face is deadly white.
What does the Witch tell Digory about the silver apple? How does she try to turn Digory against Aslan?
The Witch tells Digory that whoever eats one of the apples will never grow old or die. She also tells him that one bite of the apple will heal his mother. She says to Digory, "What has the Lion ever done for you that you should be his slave?" and "What can he do to you once you arc back in your own world?" She says that Digory's refusal to bring an apple to his mother shows that Asian has made Digory heartless.
How was Digory deflect the temptation? What does the Witch say to Digory that suddenly makes everything she has been saying sound "false and hollow"?
Digory says that he must keep his promise. He tells the Witch that his mother wouldn't approve of him breaking his promises or stealing an apple. When the Witch suggests that Digory could leave Polly behind so his story wouldn't be found out, she makes her fatal mistake. The meanness of this suggestion makes everything dse the Witch said sound "false and hollow."
How does Digory assure himself that he has made the right? What is this assuring?
Whenever Digory remembers the tears in Aslan's eyes he is sure he has made the right choice. This is assuring because if Asian cares as much about Digory's mother as Digory himself docs, surely Asian will do all he can to help her.
Digory assumes that the Witch climbed in over the wall, and, in fact, the Witch climbs out over the wall as Digory leaves. The words on the gates say to "come in by the gold gates or not at all." Read John 10:1-30 again. What does Jesus say ·about those do not come in by the gate, but climb over the wall?
The gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to those who arc saved.
Read Genesis 3. How did the serpent tempt Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? How is this similar to the way the Witch tempts Digory?
Answers will vary. Uncle Andrew hates Asian's song when he first hears it. When he fuse secs Asian, he tells himself that the singer is "only a lion." After that, he tries very hard to convince himself that Asian isn't singing, only roaring. The harder he tries, the more he succeeds, until he hears nothing but roaring. Uncle Andrew is very intelligent, but when confronting something that he cannot believe (a lion singing, for example), he docs not allow himself to accept it. He cells himself that the animals arc not talking, and to him they arc not. His intelligence and wisdom arc frustrated by his own lack of vision or belief.
After Adam and Eve ate fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, why did God expel them from the garden? (See verse 22.)
God expelled them from the garden so they wouldn't also eat from the tree of life and live forever.
One day humankind will be able to eat from the tree of life. Read Revelation 2:7 and 22:1, 2. Who may eat from the tree of life? Where is this tree to be found?
The right to eat from the tree of life is given to "him who overcomes." (Rev. 2:7) The tree of life is found in God's paradise (heaven) by the river of life which flows from the throne of God "down the middle of the great street of the city." (Rev. 22: 1, 2)
Every work of fiction has at its root a conflict. The conflict is the problem that must be solved by the main characters. What would you say is the main conflict of the The Magician's Nephew?
The main conflict in The Magician's Nephew might be summed up as "How do we solve the problems created by Uncle Andrew's dabbling in magic?" Another possibility: "What shall we do about the Witch?"
As a story proceeds toward its climax, a conflict can be heightened by complications. What complications arise in The Magician's Nephew?
Some of the complications: Digory's mother is dying. Polly disappears and Digory must find her. Digory wakens the Witch. The Witch comes back to England with Polly and Digory and must be returned co her world. Digory brings evil to Narnia in the form of the Witch. Digory must go on a quest co get the silver apple.
The climax of a story is the high point of action or tension. It is also called is the turning climax point because after the climax, the conflict is soon resolved. What is the climax of The Magician's Nephew?
The climax of the story is the scene in the garden with the Witch. Digory must choose between obeying Aslan, or giving in to the Witch's temptation.
Resolution occurs after the climax, when the conflict is resolved. What is the resolution of the conflict in The Magician's Nephew?
The conflict is resolved when Digory is able to overcome the Witch's temptation, the apple tree is planted, and Digory and the others are returned to England.