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 is so valuable about the cloaks that the elves give the companions as they leave Lothlorien?

2. What is Frodo doing when he accidentally puts on the Ring and vanishes from sight?

3. What gift does Bilbo give Frodo before Frodo sets out on his mission to destroy the Ring?

4. What reaction does Strider have to Frodo's accidental disappearance that is suspicious to Sam?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the name of the leader of the Eagles?

2. Why has Gandalf been forbidden to enter the hall of King Theoden?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Frodo endures a crucial test of sorts before the end of the novel. What lessons does Frodo learn through this experience, and do you think Frodo deserved what he got in the end? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Galadriel was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Galadriel had not been in the book at all?

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