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. What is a thestral?

2. Who do they think the Death Eaters will most likely think is the real Harry Potter?

3. Why does Harry use polyjuice for the wedding?

4. With what are Ron's parents going to say Ron is ill?

5. How do Ron, Harry, and Hermione get inside the Ministry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Viktor Krum and why does he get upset when he sees Xenophilius Lovegood?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Ron dress their house ghoul and why?

10. What happens right after Harry and Hagrid crash?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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