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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. Gandalf reminds Frodo he must not use ________ for any reason.

2. What is filling the earthenware vessels that are scattered around the feet of Tom's wife?

3. What does Bilbo plan to see again once he is out on his journey?

4. Where does Gandalf go to meet Bilbo after he has disappeared?

5. What does Gandalf do to the ring to see if it is indeed the most powerful ring created?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is in the small wooden box that Sam receives from Lady Galadriel?

2. Why do the other Hobbits think Frodo is strange and as odd after Bilbo leaves the Shire?

3. In the last stage of their journey, what two directions are the travelers trying to choose between?

4. What does Gandalf believe will help them as they head to the Mines of Moria?

5. What does Aragorn suggest in order to make the blindfolding fair for those who are traveling?

6. Where do the travelers decide to stay before they make the decision to go to Gondor or to Moria?

7. What does Aragorn say when Frodo states that Aragorn is the rightful heir and that he should have the ring?

8. What did Farmer Maggot tell the dark man, cloaked and hooded, when he asked about Baggins?

9. How does Gandalf eventually open up the door to the Mines of Moria?

10. Describe the wife of Tom Bombadil, Goldberry. What does she look like and by what is she surrounded?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The many groups of characters in this story seem to give the reader different facets of humankind in general.

Part 1: Why are the Elves seen as being the fairest of all creatures? What or who might they symbolize in the modern world?

Part 2: Why are the Elves and Dwarves at odds with each other? What other cultures might they represent?

Part 3: Why do you think Tolkien portrayed the race of men as being weak?

Essay Topic 2

Frodo seems the most unlikely carrier for the Ring, though he willingly takes up the task.

Part 1: Why do you think Frodo is willing to take the ring to Mount Doom?

Part 2: Which other character might have made a good ringbearer? Why?

Part 3: What makes Frodo the right person to take the ring to Mount Doom?

Essay Topic 3

The quest between good and evil is the running theme of FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

Part 1: Do you think good and evil are clearly defined in this book? Why or why not?

Part 2: What are some of the examples of people who are clearly good? What makes them good? Why are they good?

Part 3: Which characters are clearly evil? What makes them evil? Why are they evil?

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