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 favor does Hermione ask Harry to do for the Hogwarts students?

2. Why does Harry arrive late to his hearing?

3. What makes Aunt Petunia decide Harry must be allowed to stay?

4. In Hagrid's first lesson, what kind of creature does he show the children in the Forbidden Forest?

5. Who is appointed the new Gryffindor Quidditch seeker before Christmas break?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What makes it particularly disturbing that the students' mail in and out of Hogwarts is potentially being monitored?

4. Explore the question raised by Dobby's explanation of the house elves' behavior: is a person actually free if they choose to remain a slave?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Ministry of Magic clearly plays a large role in the novel, taking over Hogwarts bit by bit with an inside agent. Discuss the role of the Ministry of Magic, as both a foil to Dumbledore and also as a representation of the dangers of censorship and governmental control of education.

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

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.

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