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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 question of Balin's enraged the Elvenking?

2. What is the weak point in Bilbo's plan of escape from the elves?

3. How does Bilbo kill the spiders who have captured the dwarves in their webs?

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

5. What does Bilbo learn about his sword in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe in your own words how the riddle contest between Bilbo and Gollum was played and what the winner of the contest would win.

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

3. How do the dwarves and Bilbo manage to escape from the goblins?

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

5. 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.

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. Summarize in your own words how the trade between the Wood Elves and the men of Laketown operates.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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