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 gift does Bard the Bowman give to the Elvenking?

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 is the first landmark feature that Bilbo notices as the barrel he is riding takes him out of the forest?

4. How old is Roac the raven?

5. What makes Bilbo drop his torch after finding the Arkenstone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What reconciles the forces of the men and elves, and the dwarves in Chapter 17?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The contrast between light and darkness is often used as a symbol of the contrast between good and evil. Does The Hobbit use this symbolism so that light always represents or symbolizes good while darkness always represents or is associated with evil? Give examples to illustrate your answer.

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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