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 will break when Harry turns 17 or when he leaves his uncle's house for good?

3. Why do two wizards escort the Dursleys away from Privet Drive?

4. What does Remus want to do?

5. What does Dumbledore leave Hermione?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Harry, Hermione and Ron as they sit in an empty diner in the muggle world?

4. How do Mr. Weasley's modifications to the motorcycle that Harry and Hagrid are riding both help and hinder their escape?

5. Upon what do Harry and Hermione disagree?

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

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

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

9. How are Harry's escorts divided and who are they?

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

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

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as in many fantasy books, magic is an integral part of the story. Discuss the following:

1. Define and analyze the principles and use of magic in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Who can use it? Are there limitations? Can magic accomplish anything? Are there things that are forbidden to do?

2. How has Voldemort violated the restrictions put on the use of magic? Do you think the restrictions are just or wise?

3. Are all magic users equally strong? Why do you think a wand is required to use the magic?

4. Name and explain four of the spells used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Essay Topic 3

Harry Potter is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and in the other books in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, is a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and does not succeed more admirable?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Potter who you might call a hero or heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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