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. In Chapter 14, qho does Bard ask for help in making sure that the refugees from Laketown have food and shelter to help them through the oncoming winter?

2. Which of the following methods do the dwarves not use in an attempt to open the secret door before the keyhole is revealed?

3. Why is the King of the Wood Elves wiser than the men of Laketown?

4. What does Bilbo give to the Elvenking to pay for the food and wine he stole from him?

5. What type of birds inhabit the area of the mountain and valleys closest to the Front Gate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Bilbo give the Arkenstone to Bard the Bowman?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how the character of Bilbo changes from the start of the novel to the end. How does he stay the same?

Essay Topic 2

When an author has a large number of characters involved in most of the action of the plot and usually appearing as a group, giving individuals within that group can be difficult. How has Tolkien managed to make the dwarves into distinct characters? Are any of the dwarves "undistinguished" and lacking in individuality?

Essay Topic 3

In his essay on "fairy stories" (what we would call fantasy stories) called "On Fairy-Stories," Tolkien claimed that all good fairy tales contain what he calls a "eucatastrophe," a moment or "turn" of victory, success and climax that gives the listener/reader a sharp pang of joy and consolation, along with the knowledge that all will be well in spite of the hardships that have gone before.

What is the moment of "eucatastrophe" in The Hobbit? Describe it in detail and explain why you think that it is the turn and climax of the action.

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