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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is the main thing that separates the Hobbits and the enemy?
(a) A lack of knowledge.
(b) The quest for gold.
(c) A misunderstanding.
(d) The quest for power.

2. What request is made of Tolkien after he finishes Farmer Giles of Ham?
(a) That he write more stories to make a large volume.
(b) That he edit some of the book to make it shorter.
(c) That he remove two of the characters.
(d) That he adds to the ending to make it more complete.

3. Who does Tolkien express gratitude to in Letter #6?
(a) Mrs. C.S. Wright.
(b) Mrs. E.M. White.
(c) Mrs. E.M. Wright.
(d) Mrs. C.S. White.

4. What has Tolkien found in his manuscript when he writes Letter #69?
(a) Too many analogies.
(b) Inconsistencies.
(c) Too many metaphors.
(d) Inaccuracies.

5. What subject is a student's thesis about that Tolkien expects to find boring?
(a) Fairy Tales.
(b) War.
(c) Civilization.
(d) Industrialism.

6. How old is J.R.R. Tolkien in the first letter?
(a) Twenty-one.
(b) Twenty-three.
(c) Twenty-four.
(d) Eighteen.

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

8. What will the alteration mean for the book Tolkien is writing in Letter #128?
(a) It will be meant not to be read by children.
(b) It will be designed to have a sequel.
(c) It will be meant to be read by children.
(d) It will be designed not to have a sequel.

9. Who provides input , feedback, and advice for the letters in the book?
(a) Edith Bratt.
(b) Christopher Tolkien.
(c) J.R.R. Tolkien.
(d) Humphrey Carpenter.

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

11. How does Tolkien respond to the idea of chairing the English department?
(a) He is very appreciative.
(b) He thinks it is terrible.
(c) He does not entirely understand why he was selected.
(d) He is insulted.

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

13. What German word meaning "essential" does Tolkien refer to in Letter #6, stating that it is actually viewed as an English word?
(a) Wesenhaft.
(b) Entscheidend.
(c) Unentbehrlich.
(d) Grundlegend.

14. As stated in the letters included in "Publisher Drama," how many times does Tolkien have the chance to use the poetic invention he makes?
(a) Three times.
(b) Four times.
(c) Once.
(d) Twice.

15. What does Tolkien focus on when his books make less than anticipated progress with publishers?
(a) His teaching job.
(b) His family.
(c) Writing other books.
(d) Writing to the publishers.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Tolkien explains in Letter #131, what motivates The Enemy in his stories?

2. What point does Tolkien make about his book, The Silmarillion, in Letter #131?

3. What is the skill or ability of the Elves'?

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

5. According to the information provided in Letter #69, how often does Tolkien write to Christopher?

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