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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What issue does a woman's presence raise for Tolkien in "Publisher Drama"?
(a) Poems vs. short stories.
(b) Published works vs. unpublished works.
(c) The spoken word vs. the written word.
(d) Novels vs. poems.

2. What is Allen & Unwin?
(a) A printing service.
(b) A bank.
(c) A publishing house.
(d) A law firm.

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

4. How does Tolkien describe the writing of <i>The Hobbit</i> to Christopher?
(a) Neither easy nor difficult.
(b) Difficult.
(c) Easy.
(d) Both easy and difficult.

5. What point does Tolkien make about his book, <i>The Silmarillion</i>, in Letter #131?
(a) The themes of the book are intentionally complex.
(b) It is about humans.
(c) It is not about humans.
(d) The themes of the book are intentionally simple.

6. Where is the man whose accent Tolkien refers to as "English after being wiped over with a dirty sponge" from?
(a) New Hampshire.
(b) Connecticut.
(c) Pennsylvania.
(d) New England.

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

8. What does Tolkien explain he uses in developing his fascination with imaginary worlds?
(a) His skills and sense of humor.
(b) His skills, abilities, and sense of humor.
(c) His skills and abilities.
(d) His abilities and sense of humor.

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

11. How much time has passed between Tolkien's initial idea for drawing maps and when it becomes an issue with a publisher?
(a) Four years.
(b) Eight years.
(c) Over a decade.
(d) A decade.

12. What invention does Tolkien make when writing the poem being discussed with Unwin?
(a) A new meter.
(b) A new world.
(c) A new word.
(d) A new genre.

13. How does Tolkien describe the alteration he is contemplating making to his manuscript in Letter #128?
(a) Specific.
(b) Decorative.
(c) Unnecessary.
(d) General.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is left out of the letters included in "To Unwin about <i>The Hobbit</i>"?

2. Which of the following is the main focal point of <i>The Silmarillion</i>?

3. Which one of the following best describes Tolkien's recount of the history surrounding his poem in "Publisher Drama"?

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

5. As mentioned in Letter #69, which specific part of his manuscript does Tolkien plan on revising?

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