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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 musical instrument does Thorin Oakenshield play?

2. What is Thorin considering doing when he learns that the other dwarves are also in prison with him?

3. What cooking method do the trolls decide on first of all before Gandalf stirs up the argument again?

4. What wakes Bilbo up from his sleep after he realizes he is alone in Chapter 8, after coming across the elves' feast?

5. Who carries Bilbo at first as they try to escape from the mines after Gandalf kills the Great Goblin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do we learn about the goblins and their intentions from the song they sing while dragging the dwarves and Bilbo down to the Great Goblin?

3. Why are the wargs (wolves) in the woods that night in Chapter 6?

4. 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?

5. How does Bilbo react when he sees Gollum between him and the way out and why?

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

7. Retell the events of Chapter 6 in your own words from the point of view of the Lord of the Eagles.

8. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

9. What advice do Beorn and Gandalf give to Bilbo and the dwarves about the journey through Mirkwood?

10. Why do the adventurers take shelter in the cave in Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bilbo's character is described as having a "Baggins" side and a "Tookish" side, both of which struggles for dominance inside him.

Part 1: Describe Bilbo's "Baggins" part of his nature.

Part 2: Describe the "Tookish" side of Bilbo's nature.

Part 3: Choose an incident (apart from the start of the book) where the two sides of his nature seem to be in conflict. Which side wins?

Essay Topic 2

Many locations are described within the world of The Hobbit. Where would you most like to live in this world and why? Are there any disadvantages or downsides of living in the place you have chosen?

Choose from one of the following possible locations:

1. Hobbiton

2. Rivendell

3. Beorn's house

4. Laketown

5. The palace of the Elvenking

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the character of Bilbo changes from the start of the novel to the end. How does he stay the same?

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