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. Where does Bilbo hide while the trolls are fighting and arguing?

2. How does Bilbo find food while skulking around in the Elvenking's palace?

3. Which troll catches Bilbo in Chapter 2?

4. What is the goblin name for Thorin's sword?

5. Which dwarves are the best at lighting fires?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Bombur manage to fall into the enchanted stream?

5. Why do the Wood Elves imprison the dwarves?

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

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

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

9. Why do the adventurers take shelter in the cave in Chapter 4?

10. Describe Beorn in your own words.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his essay "On Fairy-Stories" dealing with the nature of fantasy fiction, Tolkien claimed that every author of fantasy strives to build a believable "Secondary World," where marvels and adventure take place, which has the inner consistency of reality." How has Tolkien managed to make the world shown in The Hobbit believable and consistent? Take at least two of the following into account in your answer:

1. Physical setting

2. The setting in time

3. Attention to detail regarding the natural world

4. Characters

Essay Topic 2

Tolkien uses several traditional fantasy races in the setting of The Hobbit, including elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls and dragons. In you own words, describe what two of these fantasy races are like, using evidence from the text rather than from wider reading. Your answer should cover appearance, typical behavior and whether the race is, in general, "good" or "evil."

Essay Topic 3

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

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