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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. Who is the dark stranger asking Sam's father about as the Hobbits overhear the conversation?

2. What path will the Hobbits take in order to avoid the Black Riders?

3. What does Frodo see walking on its fingers towards the hilt of a sword laying across the necks of Frodo's friends?

4. Who runs up and down the streets, screaming about the Black Riders and their presence?

5. Who were the goldsmiths who made the rings of power in the first place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why don't the travelers in the Fellowship worry when they get through the door away from the Orcs?

4. What does Butterbur give to the Hobbits when they are at the Inn?

5. What happens when Pippin yells at the trees to let them through on their journey?

6. How do the Hobbits plan to go to Crickhollow in order to reach Frodo's new home?

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

8. What does Frodo do with his home Bag End when he is making preparations to leave the land of Hobbits?

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

10. Why does Strider take the Hobbits in another direction to Weathertop as they leave Bree to continue their journey?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The note from Gandalf reminds Frodo to choose people he trusts as he sets out on his journey.

Part 1: Why is it important to trust the people you are with when heading out on a dangerous journey?

Part 2: Doesn't bringing along those whom you trust put them in harm's way? Why do you think Frodo's friends don't think of that and refuse to come with him?

Part 3: How do you think trust will help the Fellowship as they set out on their journey?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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