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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the term "galleys" used to refer to in "The Professor"?
(a) Reviews for a book.
(b) Chapter summaries for a book.
(c) Advance posters advertising a book.
(d) Advance copies of a printed book.

2. How many improvements does Tolkien indicate he has made to the manuscript for Farmer Giles of Ham?
(a) None.
(b) Numerous.
(c) Too many to count.
(d) Only a few.

3. Which one of Tolkien's books explains the history of Elvenkind?
(a) The Lord of the Rings.
(b) The Legend of Sigurd and GudrĂșn.
(c) The Hobbit.
(d) The Silmarillion.

4. Who does Tolkien say are the only people interested in reading his literary works in Letter #115?
(a) Only C.S. Lewis.
(b) C.S. Lewis and his wife.
(c) C.S. Lewis and his son.
(d) Only his wife and son.

5. In describing the power of the pen, what aspect of fiction writing does Tolkien refer to when explaining his own writing process and the way he invents characters?
(a) The extensive research done before writing.
(b) The predictability of it.
(c) The unpredictability of it.
(d) The extensive reading of other fiction done before writing.

6. Where does the friendship between the Elves and the Dwarves that Tolkien refers to in Letter #131 take place?
(a) Fangorn Forest.
(b) The Shire.
(c) Mordor.
(d) The Misty Mountains.

7. Who provides the main order of the letters included in the book?
(a) Humphrey Carpenter.
(b) Edith Bratt.
(c) J.R.R. Tolkien.
(d) Christopher Tolkien.

8. During the time these letters are written, what term do the British typically use to label Americans?
(a) City folk.
(b) Yanks.
(c) Colonists.
(d) Westerners.

9. What two factors contribute to the main part of Letter #66 to Christopher?
(a) Real life and the idea of living in an imaginary world.
(b) Fiction and the idea of living in an imaginary world.
(c) Real life and the writing of an imaginary world.
(d) Fiction and the writing of an imaginary world.

10. Which character does Tolkien indicate has gained the most power by wearing the Ring?
(a) Sauron.
(b) The Witch-king of Angmar.
(c) Gollum.
(d) Saruman.

11. With whom does Tolkien work in order to avoid the responsibilities of chairing the English department?
(a) The dean.
(b) Colleagues.
(c) Students.
(d) The department supervisor.

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

13. When does the history of the Elves begin?
(a) Just after humanity.
(b) Long after humanity.
(c) Just before humanity.
(d) Long before humanity.

14. What is the only thing capable of destroying the Ring in Tolkien's story?
(a) A special type of fire.
(b) The water from a specific river.
(c) The power generated from another ring.
(d) A certain magical spell.

15. How many academic articles is Tolkien a writer for, as referred to in "The Professor"?
(a) Over twenty.
(b) At least twenty.
(c) At least one.
(d) At least ten.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many other men are traveling with Tolkien during his conversation about accents?

2. What book inspired a schoolboy to write to Tolkien, prompting his response in Letter #114?

3. By what year does Tolkien insist that his books be published with his new publisher?

4. How does Tolkien originally respond to Unwin's request about the poem?

5. In Letter, #6, to what college subject does Tolkien refer?

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