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. What does Gollum eat?

2. What does Gollum call the ring?

3. What day of the week was it when the adventurers were captured?

4. Why are the dwarves glad to be captured by the elves (at first)?

5. What colors of flame does Gandalf use to drive the wolves back with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. What does Bilbo discover about his sword and how does he discover this?

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

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

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

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

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

In the action of The Hobbit, Bilbo changes from being a soft and timid hobbit to being a character of wisdom and courage. Several key events and incidents go towards changing and developing him. Identify at least three of these "turning points" and explore each one. For each "turning point," explain what the turning point was and how it changed Bilbo in some way, or how it marked a milestone in Bilbo's development.

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