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. Where does the action of Chapter 1 take place?

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

3. Who appears unexpectedly during the hearing to come to Harry's aid?

4. What is the correct address for Chapter Four's location?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What does Sirius' family home reveal about his background that shocks Harry?

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

5. Why does Harry suspect Minister Fudge may be under a dark charm?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Adults and children exist in an interesting gray area in this novel, where many lines of authority and trust are crossed. Discuss the morphing relationship between adults and children in the novel. How do these changes and relationships lead to development for the main characters?

Essay Topic 2

Despite being aligned with "good", several of the main characters of the novel dabble in morally ambiguous behavior in order to accomplish an end. Discuss the dilemma between what is more important to the heroes and heroines of the story: the journey or the destination.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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