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

2. In Letter #130, what distinction does Tolkien make about the artificial languages he creates for his books?
(a) They are seldom used in real life.
(b) They are never 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.

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

4. According to the information provided in Letter #69, how often does Tolkien write to Christopher?
(a) Rarely.
(b) Frequently.
(c) Occasionally.
(d) It is not clear.

5. What will the alteration mean for the book Tolkien is writing in Letter #128?
(a) It will be designed not to have a sequel.
(b) It will be meant not to be read by children.
(c) It will be designed to have a sequel.
(d) It will be meant to be read by children.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much time has passed between Tolkien's initial idea for drawing maps and when it becomes an issue with a publisher?

2. When does the history of the Elves begin?

3. In what year are the earliest letters in the book written?

4. What happens to the wearer of the One Ring in Tolkien's story?

5. In Letter, #6, to what college subject does Tolkien refer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Tolkien writing to when he predicts what would happen if Gandalf had worn the Ring, and what is his prediction?

2. What inspires a schoolboy to write to Tolkien about <i>The Hobbit<i> in Letter #114 and what advice does Tolkien give in return?

3. How does Rayner Unwin first contact Tolkien, leading to his involvement with publishing <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>?

4. What observation does Tolkien make about his Middle English class to Mrs. E.M. Wright in Letter #6?

5. What change does Tolkien consider and eventually make to <i>The Hobbit<i> in Letters #128 and #129, and why is it significant?

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

7. How does Tolkien characterize Sauron in Letter #131?

8. Which familiar people does Tolkien continue to write to in the "Later Years," and which recipients are new?

9. What happens between Tolkien and Edith leading up to their engagement?

10. When is Tolkien's final letter written and how does he attempt to assemble his work before he passes away?

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