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 is named headmaster at Hogwarts?

2. What is one thing that is revealed in Rita's book?

3. What is the reason for the deception about Ron?

4. What does Harry tell Tonk's father?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Harry and Hermione decide to go and why?

2. What is a Horocrux and how is one destroyed? Does this present any problems for the three young people?

3. What spells does Harry use in fighting, and which one gives him away as being the "real" Harry?

4. How do Harry's escorts plan to confuse the Death Eaters when Harry and the escorts leave Privet Drive, and what does Harry think of the plan?

5. What does Dumbledore tell Harry about Voldemort and Harry's connection?

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

7. Who writes an unflattering book about Albus Dumbledore and what does the writer say about Dumbledore?

8. Who arrives at Grimmauld Place and what does he tell the Harry, Hermione, and Ron?

9. Describe the scene at the Burrow once the Patronus has delivered its news.

10. Describe Harry's "death."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of Harry saving Draco and then Harry is saved by Draco's mother. Find two other instances of irony and analyze them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws and Harry Potter is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Potter demonstrates his instinct for handling problems that might be beyond the ability of a seventeen-year-old boy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Potter's character flaws and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think Potter's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Potter's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Dumbledore is right in selecting Potter to be the "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might have done a better job?

Essay Topic 3

In Harry Potter, the main hero is a male, as in a large percentage of novels. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think novels more often have a male hero than a female one?

2. Do you believe Hermione is as capable than Harry or Ron? Would the novel be as interesting to you if she were the one that was to defeat Voldemort? Why or why not.

3. Do you think females (in the real world) are just as likely and capable as males to be heroes? Why or why not.

4. Would you rather read a book with a male or female hero or do you have a preference. Explain your response.

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