The Lord of the Rings Test | Mid-Book 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 is so valuable about the cloaks that the elves give the companions as they leave Lothlorien?

2. What attacks the fellowship the night before they plan to head to Moria?

3. Who says they will be part of the companionship of the ring, or be sent home in sacks?

4. Why are the hobbits not able to leave as early as they had planned the morning after their stay at the Prancing Pony?

5. Who willingly rides in Legolas's boat as the companions travel away from Lothlorien?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the prophecy about the Nazgul King that makes him think he is invincible?

2. How do Frodo and Sam find out that Gollum is probably following them through Mordor as they journey towards Mount Doom?

3. What are Hurons, according to Treebeard?

4. Why does the Council decide to undertake an almost suicidal attack on the Black Gates of Mordor after the battle at Minas Tirith?

5. Why did the hobbits' ponies run away from the Barrows, according to Tom Bombadil?

6. Why does Pippin throw a stone down the well in Moria while they are trying to decide which way to go?

7. Who is the first person that Frodo sees when he awakens in Rivendell after his ride with Glorfindel?

8. Why did Saruman want Gandalf to meet him at Isengard before imprisoning him?

9. Why is Sam so determined to travel with Frodo as Frodo tries to leave alone?

10. Why are the hobbits all so excited to see Gandalf arrive for Bilbo's party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anger and its consequences are major themes presented in this book. Using the text, cite 3- 4 examples of how characters acting out of anger altered the course of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Who is involved in the scene on Mount Doom, and what do they each have to gain by doing this? How does this scene affect the other characters?

Essay Topic 3

What role does the Ring play in the story, and what does it symbolize? How is the plot altered by the presence of the Ring?

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