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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 nearly gives Bilbo's presence away to the men steering the barrels in spite of the invisibility conferred on him by the ring?

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

3. What is the name of the inn where the dwarves meet Bilbo in Chapter 2?

4. What does Bilbo think the eagles will do to him at first?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some natural features that serve as defenses for Rivendell, both in the way of putting hazards in the path of potential attackers and for hiding/camouflaging Rivendell?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the action of The Hobbit, Bilbo changes from being a soft and timid hobbit to being a character of wisdom and courage. Several key events and incidents go towards changing and developing him. Identify at least three of these "turning points" and explore each one. For each "turning point," explain what the turning point was and how it changed Bilbo in some way, or how it marked a milestone in Bilbo's development.

Essay Topic 2

In his original drafts of The Hobbit, Tolkien planned for Bilbo to be the one to kill Smaug, using his magic ring and his elvish sword. However, in the final version, Smaug is killed by Bard the Bowman as he harries the town of Esgaroth (Laketown). Why do you think Tolkien made this decision? Would his original idea been a better resolution of the plot and why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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