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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Under what conditions is Tolkien asked to chair an English department in "The Professor"?
(a) Broad.
(b) Contradicting.
(c) Limited.
(d) Confusing.

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

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

4. 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) Once.
(c) Four times.
(d) Twice.

5. What words does Tolkien use to replace "Elves"?
(a) Elf, Elfen, and Elven.
(b) Elf and Elfen.
(c) Elfen and Elven.
(d) Elf and Elven.

Short Answer Questions

1. What will the alteration mean for the book Tolkien is writing in Letter #128?

2. What assertion does Tolkien make about Farmer Giles of Ham?

3. What German word meaning "essential" does Tolkien refer to in Letter #6, stating that it is actually viewed as an English word?

4. In Letter #130, what distinction does Tolkien make about the artificial languages he creates for his books?

5. Which character does Tolkien indicate has gained the most power by wearing the Ring?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unique about Tolkien's poem, "Errantry"?

2. What are the Stages of History that Tolkien describes in Letter #131?

3. What message does Tolkien hear when he is becoming impatient about the publishing of The Lord of the Rings?

4. In what way does Tolkien realistically depict his job as a professor in 1952?

5. What psychological dilemma does Tolkien discuss about the Elves in Letter #131?

6. What is the similarity between the Elves and the Machine, and what is the main difference between both sides, according to Tolkien in Letter #131?

7. What is the power of the pen and how does Tolkien explain it?

8. How does Tolkien explain the role of humans and mankind in his stories in Letter #131?

9. How does Tolkien write about being given the position of chairing the English department at the university?

10. How are the letters for "To Unwin about The Hobbit" chosen and what information is left out of them?

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