Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 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 reason does Dumbledore give for taking so long in the bathroom at Slughorn's house?

2. Where do Harry, Ron, and Hermione go after Quidditch tryouts?

3. What fancy party does Hermione and Harry get invited to?

4. Whose Potions textbook is Harry given until he can get a new one?

5. Who is invited to join Professor Slughorn for lunch on the train to Hogwarts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Harry not looking forward to Quidditch tryouts?

2. What does Harry think he hates Snape for most when he sees him upon returning to Hogwarts?

3. What key factor lets Dumbledore know that Slughorn's "attacked" apartment is only just a hoax?

4. What does Harry find particularly disappointing about the grade he receives on his Potions O.W.L.?

5. What physically happens to Snape's hands when he makes the Unbreakable Vow?

6. What is the Prime Minister's general feeling about the Minister of Magic's visits?

7. Why is Harry not ready to go when Dumbledore arrives to pick him up from the Dursleys'?

8. What information about Snape is confirmed in Harry's mind, based on what he sees after the Christmas party?

9. What reason is behind Ron's spontaneous kissing of Lavender Brown after the Gryffindors win their Quidditch match against Slytherin?

10. Why does Dumbledore think that he and Harry need to learn about Voldemort's childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the title of the book (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) mean? Why does Rowling choose that title? What does the title tell the reader before he or she even begins reading the story? What other titles work with this text?

Essay Topic 2

The Harry Potter series are famous around the world. Consequently, most readers of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are familiar with the characters and the storyline. Write an essay that discusses at least four challenges an author faces when writing a novel that is part of a series, using examples from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to support your position. What kinds of things must the author do for returning readers? What kind of things must the author do for readers who may, intentionally or not, be coming into the series with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? How does Rowling complete these tasks?

Essay Topic 3

Trust plays a key role throughout Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In a well-written essay, discuss the theme of trust within the novel, making sure to address the trust (or lack thereof) between at least one set of characters and how that trust (or lack thereof) plays a pivotal role in the development of the storyline. Make sure to use specific quotes from the text.

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