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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. After they have defeated the spiders, who do the adventurers discover is missing?

2. Which pair of dwarves are the youngest?

3. What sort of drink does Gandalf ask Bilbo to get him in Chapter 1?

4. Which of the following is not a change that the adventurers notice after encountering the hunt and the white deer?

5. What prediction of Gandalf's comes true in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has Beorn been doing when he is absent from the house?

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

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

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

6. What strategy does Bilbo use to try to win the riddle contest (not including his final "What have I got in my pocket?" question)?

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many locations are described within the world of The Hobbit. Where would you most like to live in this world and why? Are there any disadvantages or downsides of living in the place you have chosen?

Choose from one of the following possible locations:

1. Hobbiton

2. Rivendell

3. Beorn's house

4. Laketown

5. The palace of the Elvenking

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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