Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 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. Who visits during Harry's birthday dinner?

2. What room do Ron, Hermione, and Harry find in Sirius's home?

3. What is the antidote for basilisk venom?

4. What has Hermione done in case of just such an emergency?

5. Who arrives at the Burrow unconscious?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Harry and Hermione learn about the Sword of Gryffindor?

2. How do Harry and the others release some of the muggle born people at the Ministry?

3. Why is it dangerous for Harry to be leaving his uncle's home this time compared to other times?

4. What are some things Harry packs as he prepares to leave his Uncle's house?

5. Who appears at Harry's birthday dinner and what does he want?

6. What does Harry learn when he looks into Voldemort's mind?

7. Why are Harry, Hermione and Ron watching the ministry and how do they finally get into the ministry?

8. What leads to a burn hole in Harry's shirt?

9. What arrives during the reception and what is the message?

10. What does Mundungus tell Harry, Hermione and Ron?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of instances of foreshadowing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. For many of those instances, readers will suspect that they hint at something to come; others, the readers may not be aware until the event which is foreshadowed occurs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term foreshadow. Why do you think authors foreshadow a future event? What might be a reader's reaction to a sudden tragic or wonderful event if there were no hints whatsoever that it might occur?

2. Find four events that are foreshadowed in previous chapters and pair up the foreshadowing text with the event. Analyze each event to include the following questions. What is foreshadowed? Is the method Rawlings uses to foreshadow effective? Did you guess when a particular text was foreshadowing a future event? Did you guess what the event is?

3. Along with foreshadowing, symbolism usually plays a role in most works of fiction? How extensive is the use of symbolism in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Is there enough symbolism to add depth to the writing? Interest to the writing? Explain your statements with examples.

Essay Topic 2

Loyalty is demonstrated in a number of ways, as is the lack of loyalty. Though Harry Potter has decided to not return to Hogwarts and to embark upon a dangerous mission, his best friends, Hermione and Ron decide to join him. Though Potter appreciates their loyalty, he tries to dissuade them to no avail. Discuss the following:

1. How do you define loyalty? Is the ability and desire to be loyal an admirable trait in humans? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being loyal to a person? Cause? Country? Idea? What of those who are loyal to something no matter what they learn about that person, thing, ideal, or country or in other words, blind loyalty.

2. Discuss and analyze why you think Ron and Hermione are loyal to Harry. Is it warranted? Wise? Earned? What other instances of loyalty occur in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Is Bellatrix's loyalty to Voldemort admirable?

3. What other admirable traits besides loyalty occur in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Discuss fully two of those traits with specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there are other sentient beings besides humans, though they seem to have a lesser status than humans. Discuss the following:

1. List and describe all the sentient and non-human beings.

2. Why do you think most of the the non-human and sentient beings are accorded lesser status? Is it fair? Are they inferior to human beings?

3. Are there any characters who seem to accord the non-human and sentient beings equal status with their own? Who? If not, why not?

4. Why do you think Rowlings creates a world where non-humans are of lesser status?

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