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. Why is the current leader of the giants of great concern to Dumbledore?

2. What post is Professor Umbridge appointed to by the Ministry of Magic?

3. Where does Harry have to travel in Chapter 7?

4. What does Ron express an interest in becoming once he's graduated from Hogwarts?

5. Who do the children run into while visiting their former professor at the hospital mental ward?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Given that he has never met many of the guards that come to rescue him, what does Harry's choice to leave the Dursleys' reveal about his character?

3. Why is Mrs. Weasley so determined to keep Harry from learning more information about Voldemort and current events in the magical community?

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

5. Briefly describe, in order, the four owls regarding use of underage magic that Harry receives in Chapter 2.

6. Why is Hermione's method for keeping track of the D.A. schedule ironic?

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

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

9. What purpose does Educational Decree Number Twenty-four serve, aside from obviously disbanding groups?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine fully the dynamic between the relative values of Education and Experience within the novel. What characters demonstrate each trait, and what seems to be Rowling's final position on the importance of one versus the other?

Essay Topic 2

Rowling seems to associate Coming of Age with painful experiences. Do you agree that the characters must develop a sense of mortality in order to mature and come of age? Support your assertion with details from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the conflict between races in the novel, and how the author uses this conflict to illuminate attitudes and challenges in modern society.

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