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 gift from Theoden does Gandalf gladly accept?

2. What is Treebeard's motto?

3. What sends 3 of the 5 Black Riders away as Frodo and Glorfindel are rushing to Rivendell?

4. Why did Boramir come to Rivendell to find out about the ring?

5. Why does Frodo choose to continue his journey alone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the elven name for the waybread given to the companions for their journey as they leave Lothlorien?

2. How old are the Ents, according to TreeBeard?

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

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

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

7. Why do Sam and Frodo travel through the Dead Marshes to get to Mordor?

8. As Gandalf and the hobbits approach the Shire, who does Gandalf decide to spend some time with?

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

10. Why is Frodo so afraid of Farmer Maggot when they approach his house in order to find a hiding place from the Black Riders?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Frodo choose to leave Middle Earth, and what effects will his absence have on the characters left behind?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

This book is set in many different locations. Compare and contrast these locations. How did these different places affect the outcome of the book?

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