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 other name for the Arkenstone?

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

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

4. How does Thorin learn that Bilbo was the one who gave the Arkenstone to Bard and the Elvenking?

5. Which of the following does Bard not use as a reason why the dwarves should share the treasure with the people of Laketown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 relationships between major characters often changes within the plot of a novel. Describe how the relationship between Bilbo and the other dwarves, particularly Thorin, changes throughout this novel. What events cause these changes in their relationship?

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

Tolkien uses several traditional fantasy races in the setting of The Hobbit, including elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls and dragons. In you own words, describe what two of these fantasy races are like, using evidence from the text rather than from wider reading. Your answer should cover appearance, typical behavior and whether the race is, in general, "good" or "evil."

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