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. How long did the companions spend in Lothlorien before continuing their journey?

2. What is Galadriel's gift to Sam?

3. How does Treebeard describe Saruman when he takes Merry and Pippin to his home?

4. Where does Frodo decide to go with the ring after being hounded by Gandalf to leave the Shire?

5. What does Sam see in Galadriel's mirror that makes him beg to return to the Shire?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What does Aragorn do to let Sauron know that the true heir of the Gondor throne has returned?

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Pippin volunteer to serve Denethor when he is brought to the Stewards Hall at Minas Tirith?

7. Who sneaks Merry into the battle at Minas Tirith?

8. What is the name of the entrance to Mordor that Gollum leads Sam and Frodo to?

9. What does the companionship do once they reach the light of day outside the mines of Moria?

10. What do the hobbits call the men that live in Bree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are Sam's final words, and what do they imply? How do these words sum up the entire theme of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Sauran uses many different lies and tools to complete his horrible goals. What are some of these, and how did they poison the characters who fell prey to them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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