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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 animals or creatures can be found near the doorstep?
2. Who makes the cram that the dwarves and Bilbo eat while camping at Ravenhill?
3. What did Smaug meet in his nightmare before he wakes up?
4. What is the first hint of the dragon's presence that Bilbo notices as he descends the tunnel?
5. Which of the following does Thorin not threaten to do to Bilbo in Chapter 17?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Thorin refuse to share the treasure with Bard and his allies and treat them with hostility?
2. How is the treasure divided after the battle is won in Chapter 17?
3. What can be deduced about the dragon from the steam and smoke coming out from the Front Gate?
4. How does Bilbo's attitude differ from that of the dwarves in Chapter 9?
5. Why does the dwarves' imprisonment turn out to be a lucky accident?
6. Why does Bilbo give the Arkenstone to Bard the Bowman?
7. What is the cause of most of the casualties resulting from Smaug's attack on Esgaroth (Laketown)?
8. What details are given in Chapter 11 as hints to an alert reader that the one chance of finding the keyhole is about to present itself?
9. What dreams or legends do the Lakemen have regarding the King Under the Mountain and Smaug?
10. What reconciles the forces of the men and elves, and the dwarves in Chapter 17?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the action of The Hobbit, Bilbo changes from being a soft and timid hobbit to being a character of wisdom and courage. Several key events and incidents go towards changing and developing him. Identify at least three of these "turning points" and explore each one. For each "turning point," explain what the turning point was and how it changed Bilbo in some way, or how it marked a milestone in Bilbo's development.
Essay Topic 2
In his original drafts of The Hobbit, Tolkien planned for Bilbo to be the one to kill Smaug, using his magic ring and his elvish sword. However, in the final version, Smaug is killed by Bard the Bowman as he harries the town of Esgaroth (Laketown). Why do you think Tolkien made this decision? Would his original idea been a better resolution of the plot and why?
Essay Topic 3
Fantasy stories and quests often tell of the struggle between good and evil. How are good and evil characterized in The Hobbit?
Part 1: Identify the characters that are defined as being good. What are the attitudes, beliefs and actions of characters that are considered to be good?
Part 2: Identify the characters that represent evil. What are the attitudes, beliefs and actions of these characters?
Part 3: Is the divide between good and evil clear-cut, or are there some characters that are mixed (e.g. a good character shows some characteristics that are bad)? Give details.
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