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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In addition to returning to his great English mythology, Tolkien was also the recipient of what?
(a) Many new friends.
(b) A great number of awards.
(c) New writing assignments.
(d) Great wealth.

2. What did the Tolkiens hope would give them some relief from the almost constant and intolerable flow of visitors, mail, and gifts that were always present in Headington?
(a) The lack of neighbors.
(b) Their new, unpublicized, address.
(c) The sea air.
(d) The quiet town life.

3. Who was Tolkien not sure he wanted to publish his book?
(a) Allen and Unwin.
(b) Haughton and Miflin.
(c) Any publisher.
(d) His son, Christopher.

4. Why did some of the maps have to be reconstructed?
(a) They were drawn too lightly.
(b) Due to the expense of production.
(c) They did not fit in the book.
(d) The readers could not understand them.

5. Did Tolkien believe that the work was flawless?
(a) Mostly.
(b) Somewhat.
(c) Yes.
(d) No.

Short Answer Questions

1. Oddly enough, who did Edith befriend?

2. To whom did Tolkien send the manuscript?

3. Carpenter refers to Bournemouth as being the anemic English equivalent to what?

4. Why did Tolkien leave Bournemouth?

5. Michael attended Trinity College, and went on to become what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Oxford took notice of the book?

2. How did the money Tolkien made from this book affect him?

3. How did Tolkien feel when C.S. Lewis died? Why did he feel this way?

4. What do Stanley Unwin and Ronald Tolkien think of one another?

5. Why was the story of THE HOBBIT written?

6. Describe Edith regaining of good spirits.

7. How did Tolkien feel as the time drew nearer for the book to be published?

8. How did Tolkien feel about having Allen and Unwin publish THE LORD OF THE RINGS? Why?

9. Why did Tolkien's relationship with Lewis deteriorate even further?

10. Is this deal a good idea for Tolkien? Why or why not?

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