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

2. What mysterious force are the orcs using to make holes in the walls of the fortress?

3. What happens when Tom puts on the Ring?

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

5. What does Frodo do when he sees his friends in danger in the Barrow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Hurons, according to Treebeard?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Which character did you relate with the most in this book? Why is this? How did this character change throughout the book?

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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