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. How high is the doorway that leads into the secret tunnel in Chapter 11?

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

3. What colors is Smaug?

4. What unexpected news does Bilbo give the elves and Lakemen?

5. How old is Roac the raven?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Smaug laugh when Bilbo tells him that revenge is one of the motives of their quest?

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

3. How does Bilbo's attitude differ from that of the dwarves in Chapter 9?

4. 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?

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

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

7. What is the dwarves' original plan or strategy?

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

9. How do Bilbo and the dwarves know that they have successfully found the secret entrance into the mountain?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Hobbit contains a lot of "author talking," where the author addresses the listener or reader directly (often referring to "you and me"). Sometimes, this can be effective, but at other times it can be irritating.

Part 1: Find an example of effective "author talking" and explain why it is effective.

Part 2: Find an example of irritating or distracting "author talking" and explain why this technique should not have been used.

Essay Topic 2

Tolkien presents the elves, and in particular the Elvenking, as being Good People. Considering the character of the Elvenking, do you think Tolkien has succeeded in portraying the Wood Elves as good or likable characters? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Bilbo's character is described as having a "Baggins" side and a "Tookish" side, both of which struggles for dominance inside him.

Part 1: Describe Bilbo's "Baggins" part of his nature.

Part 2: Describe the "Tookish" side of Bilbo's nature.

Part 3: Choose an incident (apart from the start of the book) where the two sides of his nature seem to be in conflict. Which side wins?

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