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 Bilbo take from the trolls' hoard of loot?

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

3. What reward do the dwarves give to the eagles at the end of the adventures?

4. Which dwarf has to come to Beorn's house alone?

5. What weapons do the Wood Elves use when they take the dwarves prisoner?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Bombur remain in the lower camp with the ponies and supplies in Chapter 11?

7. How does Bilbo react when he sees Gollum between him and the way out and why?

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

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

10. What can be deduced about the dragon from the steam and smoke coming out from the Front Gate?

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

Are any stereotypes or cliches used in The Hobbit? If so, what are they? If not, what are some things that make The Hobbit fresh and original?

Essay Topic 3

When an author has a large number of characters involved in most of the action of the plot and usually appearing as a group, giving individuals within that group can be difficult. How has Tolkien managed to make the dwarves into distinct characters? Are any of the dwarves "undistinguished" and lacking in individuality?

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