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 the forest catch on fire in Chapter 6?

2. How does Bilbo find food while skulking around in the Elvenking's palace?

3. Which pair of dwarves are the youngest?

4. What do the goblins use to beat time while they sing?

5. Which dwarf puts up the most fight when the trolls try to capture him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How many ways can Gandalf find of interpreting Bilbo's use of the phrase "Good Morning" and what are the different possible meanings?

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

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

5. Why does Bilbo decide to pick William the troll's pocket?

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

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

8. Describe Beorn in your own words.

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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