The Hobbit 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. Which troll catches Bilbo in Chapter 2?

2. Who is supposed to ride in the boat with Bombur?

3. What colors of flame does Gandalf use to drive the wolves back with?

4. Which dwarf has a smoke-ring blowing competition or game with Gandalf?

5. Where are the elves hiding when they sing nonsense songs to welcome the adventurers to Rivendell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

2. What significant turning point in Bilbo's personal development occurs during the events of Chapter 8, and how does it change Bilbo?

3. Describe Beorn in your own words.

4. In Chapter 9, Bilbo becomes a successful burglar for the first time. Name some of the things he steals, how he does so, and what obstacles he has to overcome.

5. What is significant about Bombur's (and Bilbo's) dreams while in their enchanted slumbers?

6. Why does Gandalf instruct the dwarves to arrive two by two at five-minute intervals?

7. Why does Bilbo believe that there is no end to the forest after he climbs up the tall oak to have a look around?

8. How many ways can Gandalf find of interpreting Bilbo's use of the phrase "Good Morning" and what are the different possible meanings?

9. What do the adventurers take from the trolls' treasure hoard?

10. What does Bilbo discover about his sword and how does he discover this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Hobbit contains a lot of "author talking," where the author addresses the listener or reader directly (often referring to "you and me"). Sometimes, this can be effective, but at other times it can be irritating.

Part 1: Find an example of effective "author talking" and explain why it is effective.

Part 2: Find an example of irritating or distracting "author talking" and explain why this technique should not have been used.

Essay Topic 2

When an author has a large number of characters involved in most of the action of the plot and usually appearing as a group, giving individuals within that group can be difficult. How has Tolkien managed to make the dwarves into distinct characters? Are any of the dwarves "undistinguished" and lacking in individuality?

Essay Topic 3

Song and poems are often significant in The Hobbit. Choose two of the songs or poems that you believe to be particularly important and explain their significance in detail. Ways that a song or poem can be significant may include foreshadowing, revealing character, developing a theme or explaining background.

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