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. What nearly gives Bilbo's presence away to the men steering the barrels in spite of the invisibility conferred on him by the ring?

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

3. In Chapter 9, with whom does the chief guard get drunk?

4. Where did Gollum live before coming to the underground lake?

5. Why does Bombur fall into the enchanted river?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What accident do the travelers experience in Chapter 6 that turns out to be in their favor?

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

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

5. What is special about the swords that Gandalf and Thorin took from the trolls' hoard of plunder?

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

8. Describe in your own words how the riddle contest between Bilbo and Gollum was played and what the winner of the contest would win.

9. Describe Beorn in your own words.

10. What good luck do the adventurers have while they are staying in Rivendell that is likely to prove vital to their quest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his essay "On Fairy-Stories" dealing with the nature of fantasy fiction, Tolkien claimed that every author of fantasy strives to build a believable "Secondary World," where marvels and adventure take place, which has the inner consistency of reality." How has Tolkien managed to make the world shown in The Hobbit believable and consistent? Take at least two of the following into account in your answer:

1. Physical setting

2. The setting in time

3. Attention to detail regarding the natural world

4. Characters

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In building his fantasy world, Tolkien has used fantastic or imaginary elements as well as familiar and real-world elements in order to make his world believable.

Part 1. List and describe some familiar and real-world elements that appear within The Hobbit.

Part 2. List and describe the fantastic or imaginary (magical) elements that appear within this book.

Part 3. Evaluate whether Tolkien has managed to integrate the fantastic with the everyday successfully or not.

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