The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, After the Fall of the Elves.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the letters selected for "To Unwin about The Hobbit" have in common?
(a) They refer to Tolkien's least known works.
(b) They are all over five pages.
(c) They refer to Tolkien's most well known works.
(d) They are all less than one-page long.

2. In Letter, #6, to what college subject does Tolkien refer?
(a) Middle English.
(b) Astronomy.
(c) English Literature.
(d) History.

3. What book inspired a schoolboy to write to Tolkien, prompting his response in Letter #114?
(a) The Lord of the Rings.
(b) The Silmarillion.
(c) The Hobbit.
(d) Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.

4. What does Tolkien suggest is the greatest resource for the information the schoolboy is seeking in Letter #114?
(a) The Lord of the Rings.
(b) The Hobbit.
(c) Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.
(d) The Silmarillion.

5. How does Tolkien describe the domestic problems he is having in a letter before he moves to a small house?
(a) Intolerable.
(b) Unexpected.
(c) Unpredictable.
(d) Inexcusable.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Tolkien describe the change that he has made to his manuscript in Letter #129?

2. How long does Tolkien indicate he has been working with the imaginary realms in Letter #130?

3. In what month does Tolkien write to Christopher about the writing process for The Hobbit?

4. How often does Tolkien write to Edith during the time they are separated?

5. What assertion does Tolkien make about Farmer Giles of Ham?

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