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 had Fili's barrel been used to carry before he escaped inside it?

2. Which of the following does Thorin not threaten to do to Bilbo in Chapter 17?

3. What is the full name of the grim-faced man who habitually predicts disasters like floods and poisoned fish?

4. What advice does Roac give to Thorin about the Lakemen?

5. Who sit beside Thorin at the high table after Thorin proclaims himself as the descendant of Thror, King Under the Mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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)?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the dwarves' original plan or strategy?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Song and poems are often significant in The Hobbit. Choose two of the songs or poems that you believe to be particularly important and explain their significance in detail. Ways that a song or poem can be significant may include foreshadowing, revealing character, developing a theme or explaining background.

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