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

2. What does Bilbo learn about his sword in Chapter 5?

3. What is unusual or rare about Elrond's ancestry?

4. Whose hood and cloak does Bilbo borrow?

5. What is the name of the elvenking's butler?

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. What surprises Bilbo when he returns home to his hobbit-hole?

3. Why does Thorin refuse to share the treasure with Bard and his allies and treat them with hostility?

4. What is the cause of most of the casualties resulting from Smaug's attack on Esgaroth (Laketown)?

5. Upon what does Bard the Bowman base his claim to a share of the dragon's treasure?

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

8. How is Bilbo able to take and hide the Arkenstone without the dwarves knowing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The contrast between light and darkness is often used as a symbol of the contrast between good and evil. Does The Hobbit use this symbolism so that light always represents or symbolizes good while darkness always represents or is associated with evil? Give examples to illustrate your answer.

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