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. Who does Bilbo see first after escaping Gollum and the dark tunnels?

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

3. Whose hood and cloak does Bilbo borrow?

4. Who found the cave in Chapter 4?

5. Why can't the dwarves hear the goblins coming?

Short Essay Questions

1. Retell the events of Chapter 6 in your own words from the point of view of the Lord of the Eagles.

2. What has Beorn been doing when he is absent from the house?

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

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

5. In Chapter 9, Bilbo becomes a successful burglar for the first time. Name some of the things he steals, how he does so, and what obstacles he has to overcome.

6. What are some natural features that serve as defenses for Rivendell, both in the way of putting hazards in the path of potential attackers and for hiding/camouflaging Rivendell?

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

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

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

10. Summarize in your own words how the trade between the Wood Elves and the men of Laketown operates.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many locations are described within the world of The Hobbit. Where would you most like to live in this world and why? Are there any disadvantages or downsides of living in the place you have chosen?

Choose from one of the following possible locations:

1. Hobbiton

2. Rivendell

3. Beorn's house

4. Laketown

5. The palace of the Elvenking

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