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. For what are Ron, Hermione and Harry going to search?

2. For whom is Voldemort looking?

3. What is one way to destroy a Horcurx?

4. What do Tonk's parents regrow?

5. What is Godric's Hollow?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Upon what do Harry and Hermione disagree?

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

4. What does Dumbledore leave Ron, Hermione and Harry?

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

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

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

10. What are the articles about that Harry is reading, and why do his reading disturb him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the books that came earlier in the Harry Potter series, Albus Dumbledore is portrayed as extremely wise, good, powerful and always making the right choices. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers begin seeing the "shadow" side to Albus Dumbledore. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze what is known and revealed about Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Does the information about his younger life make him less of a hero or good person? Why or why not? Does he seem more real after the revelations? Why or why not?

2. Who in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seems to be the most complex character? Why? Does s/he have both a good and shadow side? Explore that character fully, comparing and contrasting him/her different facets to his/her personality.

3. Is Voldemort a rounded or flat character? Explain.

4. Does reading the last book in a series of seven make it difficult to see the characters as rounded since much of who they are is revealed in earlier books? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

In the world of academe, fantasy is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think fantasy might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think fantasy has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics?" What are the purposed for people reading fantasy? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read fantasy even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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