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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 prediction of Gandalf's comes true in Chapter 9?

2. What is the Elf King's crown made of during autumn (fall)?

3. What small creatures does Bilbo find at the top of the oak tree in Chapter 8?

4. What type of bird is named in the moon-letters on the map?

5. Which of the following is not a change that the adventurers notice after encountering the hunt and the white deer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain in your own words the history behind the the dwarves' quest for the dragon's treasure. Use details from the dwarves' song and Thorin's story in your answer.

2. How does Bombur manage to fall into the enchanted stream?

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

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

5. Why does Bilbo decide to go with the dwarves and declare himself to be willing to join the adventure?

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

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

8. What is significant about Bombur's (and Bilbo's) dreams while in their enchanted slumbers?

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

10. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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