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. Where does Gandalf advise Theoden to go before he leaves them on an urgent errand?

2. What does Gimli do when Eomer speaks harshly against Galadriel?

3. Who does Frodo find in his room at the Prancing Pony as he stirs his fire back to life?

4. Why does Aragorn decide to travel on boats down the river when they leave Lothlorien?

5. Who saves Eomer from the orc pretending to be dead?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does the stone land that Wormtongue throws down from the high tower during the parley at Isengard?

3. What do Sam and Frodo do when they finally get to a path that heads straight towards Mount Doom instead of paths that cross through Orc army camps?

4. What is the stone called that caused Pippin so much pain when he looked into it?

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

6. Who does Tom Bombadil say that he is when asked by Frodo and Sam?

7. How does Sam learn that Frodo was not killed by Shelob?

8. What dos Denethor do out of grief for his dead sons?

9. Who does Aragorn give the Wild Woods to as the funeral march for Theoden passes through them?

10. Why does Denethor send his son into an almost suicidal battle at Osgiliath?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Theoden say as he is dying, and how does this statement effect Eowyn? How do these last words change the outcome of the book?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The characters in this novel all had their own goals and motivations. Select 4 characters and determine the primary motivation for each. How did each of their goals affect the characters around them?

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