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

2. About what is Auntie Muriel certain?

3. What has happened to the protective barriers around the Burrow?

4. With whom is Voldemort meeting at the opening of the novel?

5. What does Voldemort feed Nagini?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Harry and Hagrid go after recovering from the crash and how do they get there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Voldemort learn from Gregorovitch?

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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