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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 Bilbo try to steal from the trolls?

2. Which pair of dwarves are the youngest?

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

4. Which dwarf has to come to Beorn's house alone?

5. What is the weak point in Bilbo's plan of escape from the elves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bilbo decide to pick William the troll's pocket?

2. How does Bilbo's attitude differ from that of the dwarves in Chapter 9?

3. Describe Beorn in your own words.

4. Why does Bilbo arrive at the Green Dragon without a hat, walking stick or handkerchief, or anything else for the journey?

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

6. Describe Elrond, the master or ruler of Rivendell in your own words.

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

9. What are the five armies involved in the Battle of the Five Armies?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Fantasy stories and quests often tell of the struggle between good and evil. How are good and evil characterized in The Hobbit?

Part 1: Identify the characters that are defined as being good. What are the attitudes, beliefs and actions of characters that are considered to be good?

Part 2: Identify the characters that represent evil. What are the attitudes, beliefs and actions of these characters?

Part 3: Is the divide between good and evil clear-cut, or are there some characters that are mixed (e.g. a good character shows some characteristics that are bad)? Give details.

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