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

2. Who bangs on Frodo's door in order to wake him up before they head on their journey?

3. What does Sam run to give his father before they depart on their journey?

4. In which direction does Goldberry tell the Hobbits to travel as they are leaving on their journey?

5. What is the name of the Ranger in the back who rarely talks to anyone when he is at the Inn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frodo do in order to save his friends from their terrible fate?

2. What does Fatty Bolger do when the Black Riders come into Crickhollow?

3. Who celebrates Frodo's 50th birthday with him with a small celebration before he goes off?

4. What does Frodo regret as he comes upon his 50th birthday, the same age Bilbo was when Bilbo left for a great adventure?

5. What does Frodo dream about during his first night's sleep at Crickhollow?

6. Why does Frodo not want to cut through Farmer Maggot's land as they are traveling to Crickhollow?

7. What is so special about Frodo turning 33 on the day of Bilbo's large party and suprise?

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

9. What does Frodo do in order to distract himself from putting on the Ring in the tavern?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The sword of Elendil was broken and shattered as it cut the ring from Sauron, but those broken pieces symbolize more than just a broken piece of metal.

Part 1: Why do you think the sword of Elendil broke when it struck Sauron?

Part 2: What is the symbolism of the sword breaking into pieces? How are these broken pieces affecting the world?

Part 3: What does putting the pieces back together say about the hope of men?

Essay Topic 2

The many identities of Aragorn makes the reader wonder who he really is at various points of the story.

Part 1: Why do think Aragorn takes on so many identities?

Part 2: What does Aragorn's ever-changing identity say about him and about his place in the world?

Part 3: Would it be better for Aragorn to only have one identity? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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