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

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

3. Why do the goblins not find Bilbo after he is knocked unconscious?

4. Who is the first to see the lights from the elves' feast?

5. What does Gollum eat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. What do the adventurers take from the trolls' treasure hoard?

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

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

7. What does Gandalf leave on Bilbo's door after Bilbo invites him to tea in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

Tolkien presents the elves, and in particular the Elvenking, as being Good People. Considering the character of the Elvenking, do you think Tolkien has succeeded in portraying the Wood Elves as good or likable characters? Why or why not?

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

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?

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