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 character awakens Harry from his dream about the long corridor?

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

3. What does the Sorting Hat do in Chapter 11 that is unusual?

4. Why is the Gryffindor Quidditch practice cancelled?

5. Why do George and Fred keep taking things they find in the Black House?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Umbridge's punishment of Fred, George and Harry particularly cruel to Harry?

2. What upsets Ron so much about the letter he receives from his older brother?

3. Why is Harry emotionally torn when he discovers in Hagrid's class that others can see the Thestrals?

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

5. Why is it ironic that Harry was willing to endanger the Dursleys by going home for the holidays?

6. 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?

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

8. Why do you think it is so difficult for Harry to accept the position teaching students Defense Against the Dark Arts?

9. What does Harry notice about the carriages that take students from the train to Hogwarts proper, and why is it significant?

10. Describe the different approaches Ron and Hermione want to take in regards to attempting to free house elves.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most characters in the novel are not perfect because that they have flaws either in their present or in their past. By exposing these flaws, the reader and main characters are exposed to the concept of Redemption. What role do you believe Redemption plays in Harry's growth throughout the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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