The Fellowship of the Ring Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Pippin's relation to Frodo, according to the story?

2. The ring that Frodo has in his possession is the __________ ring, the one ring to rule them all.

3. Merry and Pippin decide to lie down at the foot of a large ___________ tree when they become sleepy.

4. How many Great Rings were made, according to Gandalf's research over the years?

5. Sam advises Frodo not to take any aid from Strider because he comes from the __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who comes with the Hobbits to see them off on their journey as they leave Crickhollow?

2. What is the rumor of the Elves that the Hobbits are just starting to hear about in their own town?

3. What do the other Hobbits know about the ring that Frodo carries with him?

4. What happens to Merry and Pippin when they lay down in the forest of trees?

5. Who is in Frodo's house when they arrive during the night?

6. What does Goldberry say to the Hobbits as they are leaving Tom's house?

7. What has Gandalf found out about the ring Bilbo had, and which Gandalf had persuaded Bilbo to leave with Frodo?

8. What is the magic trick Bilbo has decided to play on the people at the party he is planning?

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

10. What does Frodo reply to the man at the gate of Bree when he asks about Frodo's business?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point during the book, readers are reminded that all things pass and change. The world is always going to move into new eras.

Part 1: Why is the world always going to change?

Part 2: What makes this story's progress of time so much more important to the characters? Or is it not as important?

Part 3: How does change of an era change the people who are living in the era?

Essay Topic 2

One could say that the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is the beginning of a mythical story for the characters who are involved, a story which might be told to their children as time passes.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of myth and how does this different from a story?

Part 2: What makes this story mythical in nature?

Part 3: How are the characters in this story mythical? Which qualities make them so?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of points in which the characters sing or relate poems to each other, which makes the story sound very much out of place in today's world.

Part 1: Why do you think Tolkien decided to use so much poetry and song?

Part 2: What does the use of poetry and song by some characters say about their personalities?

Part 3: Would the story have been different had the poetry and song not been included? Why or why not?

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