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. Where were Glamdring and Orcrist originally forged?

2. What was the final fate of the ponies?

3. What does Bilbo find on the floor in Chapter 5?

4. What does Bilbo eat for breakfast when he wakes up in the eagles' eyrie?

5. What will happen if Bilbo loses the riddle contest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is significant about Bombur's (and Bilbo's) dreams while in their enchanted slumbers?

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

4. What is special about the swords that Gandalf and Thorin took from the trolls' hoard of plunder?

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

6. How does Gandalf manage to save the dwarves from being eaten by the trolls?

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

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

9. Why do the adventurers take shelter in the cave in Chapter 4?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Hobbit contains a lot of "author talking," where the author addresses the listener or reader directly (often referring to "you and me"). Sometimes, this can be effective, but at other times it can be irritating.

Part 1: Find an example of effective "author talking" and explain why it is effective.

Part 2: Find an example of irritating or distracting "author talking" and explain why this technique should not have been used.

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

In his essay on "fairy stories" (what we would call fantasy stories) called "On Fairy-Stories," Tolkien claimed that all good fairy tales contain what he calls a "eucatastrophe," a moment or "turn" of victory, success and climax that gives the listener/reader a sharp pang of joy and consolation, along with the knowledge that all will be well in spite of the hardships that have gone before.

What is the moment of "eucatastrophe" in The Hobbit? Describe it in detail and explain why you think that it is the turn and climax of the action.

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