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

2. What is left out of the letters included in "To Unwin about <i>The Hobbit</i>"?
(a) The endings of the letters.
(b) The full names of the people that the letters are addressed to.
(c) Personal information.
(d) Months and dates.

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

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

5. When does the history of the Elves begin?
(a) Long before humanity.
(b) Long after humanity.
(c) Just before humanity.
(d) Just after humanity.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is J.R.R. Tolkien in the first letter?

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

3. Where does the conversation about accents take place that Tolkien discusses in his letter to Christopher?

4. What do the letters selected for "To Unwin about <i>The Hobbit</i>" have in common?

5. What does Tolkien suggest is the greatest resource for the information the schoolboy is seeking in Letter #114?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Tolkien's proficiency in writing displayed in the story he tells to Christopher in his April 3, 1944, letter?

2. What problem of Sauron does Tolkien describe in his letter to Auden as an example of human behavior?

3. What clarification does Tolkien make about the word, "Elves"?

4. How can the One Ring of Power be destroyed?

5. What changes have occurred in Tolkien's career as a professor by Letter #182 in 1956?

6. How old is Tolkien when the earliest letters begin and what is his situation?

7. Which literary device does Tolkien not appreciate and how does he view the intended audience of fairy tales?

8. In what way does Tolkien think that his story will help both existing parents and future parents?

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

10. 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?

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