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. Who does Aragor find in Fangorn forest when they follow the tracks of Merry and Pippin?

2. Who does Gandalf give the history of Balin to for safekeeping?

3. What does Pippin use to cut the ropes he and Merry are bound with?

4. Where do Merry and Pippin run when they are freed of their ropes as the Rohirram begin attacking the Orcs?

5. What does Frodo find that the elves left for him the first morning of his journey with the ring? ?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do the elves in Lothlorien build their houses?

2. What is the name of the herb that Aragorn uses to try and heal Frodo's wound from the Ringwraiths?

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

4. What does Gimli think of the trees in the forest that the companionship travel through to get to Isengard after the battle at Helm's Deep?

5. Who are Tinuviel and Beren from Aragorn's story?

6. How does Sam get past the Silent Watchers in Cirith Ungol?

7. Why do Sam and Frodo choose to follow Gollum to another entrance into Mordor after finally reaching the Black Gate?

8. What strange event took place during the first night of battle at Helm's Deep that seems to make the Orc army so fearful?

9. What are Hurons, according to Treebeard?

10. What is the last thing that Frodo sees in Galadriel's mirror?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gandalf endures death and is reborn with newer and higher powers. Compare and contrast Gandalf the Grey with Gandalf the White. Was this change necessary? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does Gollum die, and why is this so significant? What message is Tolkien trying to send with Gollum's death?

Essay Topic 3

Jealousy is a pretty strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react?

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