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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 prediction of Gandalf's comes true in Chapter 9?

2. What day of the week was it when the adventurers were captured?

3. What does Gollum eat?

4. What question of Balin's enraged the Elvenking?

5. What is the other name for Rivendell?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the five armies involved in the Battle of the Five Armies?

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

3. What can be deduced about the dragon from the steam and smoke coming out from the Front Gate?

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

5. What advice does Roac the raven give to Thorin in this Chapters 15 & 16?

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

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

8. What dreams or legends do the Lakemen have regarding the King Under the Mountain and Smaug?

9. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

10. 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?

Essay 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

To what extent is one of the following themes significant, and what is said about each one in The Hobbit? Choose ONE of the following:

1. Home and "belonging"

2. Courage

3. The attributes that make a hero

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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