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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 does Elrond dislike about dwarves?
2. What phase of the moon is showing when Elrond studies the map?
3. Where were Glamdring and Orcrist originally forged?
4. Which of the following devices do the goblins not make (or have made for them)?
5. What color is Thorin's hood?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe in your own words how the riddle contest between Bilbo and Gollum was played and what the winner of the contest would win.
2. What was Gandalf doing after he left Bilbo and the dwarves outside Mirkwood and before he re-joined them just before the Battle of the Five Armies?
3. Why do the goblins take the adventurers prisoner, and what fate do the goblins intend for them?
4. What do the adventurers take from the trolls' treasure hoard?
5. What are some natural features that serve as defenses for Rivendell, both in the way of putting hazards in the path of potential attackers and for hiding/camouflaging Rivendell?
6. Upon what does Bard the Bowman base his claim to a share of the dragon's treasure?
7. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?
8. Why are the wargs (wolves) in the woods that night in Chapter 6?
9. What is special about the swords that Gandalf and Thorin took from the trolls' hoard of plunder?
10. What does Bilbo discover about his sword and how does he discover this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The contrast between light and darkness is often used as a symbol of the contrast between good and evil. Does The Hobbit use this symbolism so that light always represents or symbolizes good while darkness always represents or is associated with evil? Give examples to illustrate your answer.
Essay Topic 2
According to Joseph Cambell's classic analysis of myths, quests and adventure stories (Hero with a Thousand Faces), the classical or archetypal pattern for a mythological quest or adventure is as follows:
1 The call to adventure. The hero usually finds a helper at this stage.
2. The hero crosses the "threshold of adventure."
3. The hero faces various tests and receives magical aid that will help him achieve his quest.
4. The hero faces the final test, which can be the theft of an important talisman, elixir or object.
5. The hero faces another challenge before bringing peace, prosperity, or some other boon to humanity.
Using this outline, does The Hobbit fit the archetypal pattern of a quest adventure? What events and incidences fit into what part of the pattern? Are any parts of the pattern omitted? Does The Hobbit contain any events or incidents that do not fit the pattern?
Essay Topic 3
Tolkien uses several traditional fantasy races in the setting of The Hobbit, including elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls and dragons. In you own words, describe what two of these fantasy races are like, using evidence from the text rather than from wider reading. Your answer should cover appearance, typical behavior and whether the race is, in general, "good" or "evil."
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