The Hobbit Test | Final 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. Why do the people of Lake-town destroy the bridges as a defense against the onslaught of the dragon?

2. Who attacks first and starts the war over the dragon gold?

3. What is the other name for the Arkenstone?

4. Which dwarves are killed in the battle or die because of wounds sustained during it?

5. How can the dwarves and Bilbo reach the third camp outside the 'doorstep'?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what the Master of Laketown is like in your own words.

2. How is Bilbo able to take and hide the Arkenstone without the dwarves knowing?

3. Why does Thorin refuse to share the treasure with Bard and his allies and treat them with hostility?

4. What reconciles the forces of the men and elves, and the dwarves in Chapter 17?

5. What details are given in Chapter 11 as hints to an alert reader that the one chance of finding the keyhole is about to present itself?

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

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

8. Upon what does Bard the Bowman base his claim to a share of the dragon's treasure?

9. How is the treasure divided after the battle is won in Chapter 17?

10. Explain the meaning of the ambiguous or riddling answers Bilbo gives to Smaug to avoid revealing his name to the dragon (and thus giving the dragon power over him)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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