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 advice does Roac give to Thorin about the Lakemen?

2. Who does Bilbo meet unexpectedly in the camp of the elves and Lakemen?

3. Why does Bombur choose to stay below and guard the ponies in Chapter 11?

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

5. Which dwarf is not present on the Doorstep when the door is finally opened?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the cause of most of the casualties resulting from Smaug's attack on Esgaroth (Laketown)?

3. Why does only the Black Arrow shot by Bard manage to kill Smaug while all other arrows are harmless?

4. What effect does the sight of the treasure have on the dwarves?

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

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

7. Why does the dwarves' imprisonment turn out to be a lucky accident?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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