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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 does Bilbo think the eagles will do to him at first?
2. What is mostly transported by river inside the barrels from the people of Laketown to the Wood Elves?
3. How many goblins grab Bilbo?
4. Why can't the dwarves hear the goblins coming?
5. Who found the cave in Chapter 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Bilbo react when he sees Gollum between him and the way out and why?
2. Why are the wargs (wolves) in the woods that night in Chapter 6?
3. What is significant about Bombur's (and Bilbo's) dreams while in their enchanted slumbers?
4. Describe in your own words how the riddle contest between Bilbo and Gollum was played and what the winner of the contest would win.
5. Why does Bilbo arrive at the Green Dragon without a hat, walking stick or handkerchief, or anything else for the journey?
6. 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.
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. What accident do the travelers experience in Chapter 6 that turns out to be in their favor?
9. What does Bilbo discover about his sword and how does he discover this?
10. Why do the goblins take the adventurers prisoner, and what fate do the goblins intend for them?
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
Essay Topic 2
Are any stereotypes or cliches used in The Hobbit? If so, what are they? If not, what are some things that make The Hobbit fresh and original?
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"
3. The attributes that make a hero
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