Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 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 makes Aunt Petunia decide Harry must be allowed to stay?

2. Where does the action of Chapter 1 take place?

3. Why is Sirius the happiest Harry has ever seen during the holidays?

4. What causes Harry and George to attack Draco Malfoy after the first Quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor?

5. What cuts short the children's first visit with Hagrid after his return to Hogwarts?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hermione explain Cho's see-sawing emotions to Harry, and why is her perception unusual?

2. What action, on the part of the Ministry of Magic, shows how serious they are about undermining Dumbledore's influence?

3. What part of being treated like an adult is difficult for the Weasley children when they are not allowed to rush to their father's bedside?

4. How does the author use the long, uneventful journey from the Order to the Ministry to illustrate Harry's situation?

5. What makes the hearing in Chapter 8 so unusual?

6. What is so unusual about the song the Sorting Hat sings at the beginning of Chapter 11? What could that mean for the students of Hogwarts?

7. Why is it significant that Professor Umbridge takes over during the feast?

8. In Chapter 1, why does Harry have such a difficult time summoning his Patronus Charm?

9. Name two reasons that Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place is important to Harry.

10. What does it show about the childrens' characters that they decide to visit Gilderoy Lockhart while at the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dumbledore is one of the most mysterious and powerful characters within the setting of the novel. Discuss the archetype represented by Dumbledore, and how this symbolic figure impacts the protagonists and their growth.

Essay Topic 2

Ron and Hermione argue passionately over the plight of the House Elves at Hogwarts. Whose position do you agree with, and why? What role does slavery play in this novel? Does it affect anyone other than the House Elves?

Essay Topic 3

One of Harry's great strengths has traditionally been his ability and willingness to place faith in others. Discuss the many leaps of faith that Harry takes throughout the novel, and how they change as the story progresses and he matures. What do the changes show about his personal development? Does his continual faith in others display optimism or naivete?

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