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 high is the doorway that leads into the secret tunnel in Chapter 11?

2. For whom was the armor Bilbo is rewarded with in Chapter 13 originally made?

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 Bilbo manage to recognize Thorin after freeing him from the barrel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What advice does Roac the raven give to Thorin in this Chapters 15 & 16?

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

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

6. Why does Bombur remain in the lower camp with the ponies and supplies in Chapter 11?

7. Why does Smaug laugh when Bilbo tells him that revenge is one of the motives of their quest?

8. Upon what does Bard the Bowman base his claim to a share of the dragon's treasure?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

To what extent is one of the following themes significant, and what is said about each one in The Hobbit? Choose ONE of the following:

1. Home and "belonging"

2. Courage

3. The attributes that make a hero

Essay Topic 3

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?

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