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. How does Beorn react to the dwarves' talk of gold, silver and jewels?

2. After they have defeated the spiders, who do the adventurers discover is missing?

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

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

5. What does Bilbo see at nightfall as they travel towards Mirkwood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the trees that the adventurers are hiding in in Chapter 6 manage to catch fire?

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

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. Describe Beorn in your own words.

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Gandalf instruct the dwarves to arrive two by two at five-minute intervals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationships between major characters often changes within the plot of a novel. Describe how the relationship between Bilbo and the other dwarves, particularly Thorin, changes throughout this novel. What events cause these changes in their relationship?

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 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

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