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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many times do the Elves and the Dwarves share an enduring friendship throughout their history?
(a) Four times.
(b) Once.
(c) Three times.
(d) Twice.

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

3. Who is the initial publisher for Tolkien's books when "Publisher Drama" begins?
(a) Collins.
(b) Unwin.
(c) Allen.
(d) Humphrey.

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

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

6. How do the Hobbits respond to magic in Tolkien's stories?
(a) They are amused by it.
(b) They are confused by it.
(c) They try to ignore it.
(d) They are angered by it.

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

8. How does Tolkien describe the change that he has made to his manuscript in Letter #129?
(a) Reversible.
(b) Negotiable.
(c) Perfect.
(d) Final.

9. 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 a combination of two real-life languages.
(d) They are the opposite of an actual real life language.

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

11. In Letter #131, what reason does Tolkien reveal for creating his alternate world of fiction?
(a) To recreate a world that he had read about as a child.
(b) To make a world that is completely unbelievable in every way.
(c) To provide an example for how a society should be constructed.
(d) To fill the English people's need for their own fairy tale.

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

13. Which one of the following does Tolkien vigorously discuss in his letters?
(a) Reporting to class on time.
(b) Grading papers.
(c) Talking with students.
(d) Reading academic books.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Tolkien describe the writing of The Hobbit to Christopher?

3. What is Allen & Unwin?

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

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

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