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 explanation does Hagrid give for his extended absence?

2. What person was in disguise watching the children during their first meeting of Dumbledore's Army?

3. After learning of the attack on Mr. Weasley, why does Dumbledore send former Headmaster paintings to search for him?

4. What does McGonagall tell Harry to watch out for?

5. What macabre punishment does Umbridge assign to Harry as part of his detention?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Harry so disturbed when he views Snape's memory in the Pensieve?

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

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

4. Why are the teachers secretly delighted at the way Fred and George react to Umbridge's new position of Headmaster?

5. 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?

6. Why do Harry and Hermione decide to wait to tell Ron about Hagrid's brother?

7. Why does Harry stay awake all night before going to visit Mr. Weasley at the hospital?

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

9. Why is it significant that Harry is able to repel Snape from his mind only when Snape tries to see the memory of Harry and Cho kissing?

10. Despite Umbridge's reaction, what is heartening to Harry about how people respond to the newspaper article about his encounter with Voldemort?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is significant in the names Rowling chooses for the characters, objects and places in the novel. Choose two symbolic names and demonstrate how they foreshadow the action of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between the Magical and Mundane within the setting of the novel. What impact does each have on the main characters and their development? How does this influence the outcome of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Family is a recurring and tremendously important theme in the novel. Discuss how Family impacts Harry at different points in the novel, and how this helps to further the plot.

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