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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 happened outside Beorn's hall on the first night the adventurers stayed there?

2. Who is carrying Bilbo when the goblins find them for the second time?

3. What does Bilbo's handwriting look like?

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

5. Who made the map that Gandalf gives to Thorin?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. What significant turning point in Bilbo's personal development occurs during the events of Chapter 8, and how does it change Bilbo?

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

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

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

6. Explain in your own words the history behind the the dwarves' quest for the dragon's treasure. Use details from the dwarves' song and Thorin's story in your answer.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

According to Joseph Cambell's classic analysis of myths, quests and adventure stories (Hero with a Thousand Faces), the classical or archetypal pattern for a mythological quest or adventure is as follows:

1 The call to adventure. The hero usually finds a helper at this stage.

2. The hero crosses the "threshold of adventure."

3. The hero faces various tests and receives magical aid that will help him achieve his quest.

4. The hero faces the final test, which can be the theft of an important talisman, elixir or object.

5. The hero faces another challenge before bringing peace, prosperity, or some other boon to humanity.

Using this outline, does The Hobbit fit the archetypal pattern of a quest adventure? What events and incidences fit into what part of the pattern? Are any parts of the pattern omitted? Does The Hobbit contain any events or incidents that do not fit the pattern?

Essay Topic 3

Conflicts and obstacles are very important in creating plot and plot tension. What are some of the important conflicts and obstacles in The Hobbit and how are these conflicts or obstacles resolved and overcome? Do any conflicts remain unresolved, and if so, how?

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