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. What do the dwarves of the Iron Hills wear that is their special technological secret?

2. Why is Bard astonished when the thrush lands on his shoulder?

3. For whom was the armor Bilbo is rewarded with in Chapter 13 originally made?

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

5. Who is supposed to be on watch when Bilbo steals out of the stronghold to the elves and Lakemen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Bombur remain in the lower camp with the ponies and supplies in Chapter 11?

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

9. Why does Bilbo give the Arkenstone to Bard the Bowman?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The contrast between light and darkness is often used as a symbol of the contrast between good and evil. Does The Hobbit use this symbolism so that light always represents or symbolizes good while darkness always represents or is associated with evil? Give examples to illustrate your answer.

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

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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