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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 of the following is not a name for the trolls?

2. Which pair of dwarves are the youngest?

3. Why are the dwarves glad to be captured by the elves (at first)?

4. Who made the map that Gandalf gives to Thorin?

5. Where were Glamdring and Orcrist originally forged?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the goblins take the adventurers prisoner, and what fate do the goblins intend for them?

2. How do the trees that the adventurers are hiding in in Chapter 6 manage to catch fire?

3. How do the dwarves and Bilbo manage to escape from the goblins?

4. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

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 decide to go with the dwarves and declare himself to be willing to join the adventure?

8. What strategy does Bilbo use to try to win the riddle contest (not including his final "What have I got in my pocket?" question)?

9. How do the Wood Elves differ from the goblins in regards to their treatment of prisoners?

10. What does Gandalf leave on Bilbo's door after Bilbo invites him to tea in Chapter 1?

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

In his original drafts of The Hobbit, Tolkien planned for Bilbo to be the one to kill Smaug, using his magic ring and his elvish sword. However, in the final version, Smaug is killed by Bard the Bowman as he harries the town of Esgaroth (Laketown). Why do you think Tolkien made this decision? Would his original idea been a better resolution of the plot and why?

Essay Topic 3

In his essay on "fairy stories" (what we would call fantasy stories) called "On Fairy-Stories," Tolkien claimed that all good fairy tales contain what he calls a "eucatastrophe," a moment or "turn" of victory, success and climax that gives the listener/reader a sharp pang of joy and consolation, along with the knowledge that all will be well in spite of the hardships that have gone before.

What is the moment of "eucatastrophe" in The Hobbit? Describe it in detail and explain why you think that it is the turn and climax of the action.

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