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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. After the Hobbits originate, where does the Dark Power that Tolkien describes in Letter #131 exist?
(a) Gondor.
(b) Mordor.
(c) Mirkwood.
(d) Rivendell.

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

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

6. How does Tolkien design the book, Farmer Giles of Ham?
(a) To be read in one sitting.
(b) Not to be read aloud.
(c) To be read as several separate stories.
(d) To be read aloud.

7. What happens to the wearer of the One Ring in Tolkien's story?
(a) They are given mind powers.
(b) They are transformed into an Elf.
(c) They are transformed into a Hobbit.
(d) They are given immortality.

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

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

10. Which poem does Rayner Unwin initially write to Tolkien about?
(a) "Once Upon a Time."
(b) "Mythopoeia."
(c) "The Princess Ni."
(d) "Errantry."

11. In Letter #130, what distinction does Tolkien make about the artificial languages he creates for his books?
(a) They are never used in real life.
(b) They are seldom used in real life.
(c) They are the opposite of an actual real life language.
(d) They are a combination of two real-life languages.

12. What is the result of a friendship between the Elves and the Dwarves, as Tolkien explains in Letter #131?
(a) A decline of education.
(b) An improvement in education.
(c) An improvement in the arts.
(d) A decline of the arts.

13. Based on the information in the Introduction, how many chapters does the book have?
(a) Fifteen.
(b) None.
(c) Five.
(d) Ten.

14. In what year are the earliest letters in the book written?
(a) 1916.
(b) 1914.
(c) 1918.
(d) 1912.

15. 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) Twice.
(d) Once.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Tolkien describe the domestic problems he is having in a letter before he moves to a small house?

2. 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?

3. What issue does a woman's presence raise for Tolkien in "Publisher Drama"?

4. Who leads The Enemy in Tolkien's stories?

5. With whom does Tolkien work in order to avoid the responsibilities of chairing the English department?

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