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 is unusual or rare about Elrond's ancestry?

2. What does Gollum call the ring?

3. What sort of elves have taken Thorin prisoner?

4. Which of the following is not a name for the trolls?

5. What do the goblins use to beat time while they sing?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. What advice do Beorn and Gandalf give to Bilbo and the dwarves about the journey through Mirkwood?

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

9. Why does Bilbo believe that there is no end to the forest after he climbs up the tall oak to have a look around?

10. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bilbo's character is described as having a "Baggins" side and a "Tookish" side, both of which struggles for dominance inside him.

Part 1: Describe Bilbo's "Baggins" part of his nature.

Part 2: Describe the "Tookish" side of Bilbo's nature.

Part 3: Choose an incident (apart from the start of the book) where the two sides of his nature seem to be in conflict. Which side wins?

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

The contrast between light and darkness is often used as a symbol of the contrast between good and evil. Does The Hobbit use this symbolism so that light always represents or symbolizes good while darkness always represents or is associated with evil? Give examples to illustrate your answer.

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