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 is the first hint of the dragon's presence that Bilbo notices as he descends the tunnel?

2. What do the dwarves suggest that Bilbo should do when they begin to despair of being able to open the secret door in Chapter 11?

3. What advice does Roac give to Thorin about the Lakemen?

4. Who carries the wooden casket holding the Arkenstone to the parley with Thorin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

According to Joseph Cambell's classic analysis of myths, quests and adventure stories (Hero with a Thousand Faces), the classical or archetypal pattern for a mythological quest or adventure is as follows:

1 The call to adventure. The hero usually finds a helper at this stage.

2. The hero crosses the "threshold of adventure."

3. The hero faces various tests and receives magical aid that will help him achieve his quest.

4. The hero faces the final test, which can be the theft of an important talisman, elixir or object.

5. The hero faces another challenge before bringing peace, prosperity, or some other boon to humanity.

Using this outline, does The Hobbit fit the archetypal pattern of a quest adventure? What events and incidences fit into what part of the pattern? Are any parts of the pattern omitted? Does The Hobbit contain any events or incidents that do not fit the pattern?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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