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. How long do the dwarves and Bilbo stay in Laketown?

2. What does Bilbo most want to happen while the dwarves are preparing for a siege by the elves and Lakemen?

3. What is the other name for the Arkenstone?

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

5. How does the Elvenking react to the sight of the Arkenstone?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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)?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Conflicts and obstacles are very important in creating plot and plot tension. What are some of the important conflicts and obstacles in The Hobbit and how are these conflicts or obstacles resolved and overcome? Do any conflicts remain unresolved, and if so, how?

Essay Topic 2

Tolkien presents the elves, and in particular the Elvenking, as being Good People. Considering the character of the Elvenking, do you think Tolkien has succeeded in portraying the Wood Elves as good or likable characters? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In his essay "On Fairy-Stories" dealing with the nature of fantasy fiction, Tolkien claimed that every author of fantasy strives to build a believable "Secondary World," where marvels and adventure take place, which has the inner consistency of reality." How has Tolkien managed to make the world shown in The Hobbit believable and consistent? Take at least two of the following into account in your answer:

1. Physical setting

2. The setting in time

3. Attention to detail regarding the natural world

4. Characters

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