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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 most of the arrows shot at Smaug have no effect on him?
2. What type of bird brings Bilbo and the dwarves the news of the dragon's death?
3. In Chapter 16, who does Bilbo deal with and offer his share of the treasure to, along with the Arkenstone?
4. Who attacks first and starts the war over the dragon gold?
5. How long do the dwarves and Bilbo stay in Laketown?
Short Essay Questions
1. What reconciles the forces of the men and elves, and the dwarves in Chapter 17?
2. Why does only the Black Arrow shot by Bard manage to kill Smaug while all other arrows are harmless?
3. What are the five armies involved in the Battle of the Five Armies?
4. How is Bilbo able to take and hide the Arkenstone without the dwarves knowing?
5. What is the dwarves' original plan or strategy?
6. What advice does Roac the raven give to Thorin in this Chapters 15 & 16?
7. How does Bilbo's attitude differ from that of the dwarves in Chapter 9?
8. Why does Thorin refuse to share the treasure with Bard and his allies and treat them with hostility?
9. Why does Smaug laugh when Bilbo tells him that revenge is one of the motives of their quest?
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)?
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
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 3
Song and poems are often significant in The Hobbit. Choose two of the songs or poems that you believe to be particularly important and explain their significance in detail. Ways that a song or poem can be significant may include foreshadowing, revealing character, developing a theme or explaining background.
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