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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is the Machine described in Letter #131?
2. How old is J.R.R. Tolkien in the first letter?
3. How much of <i>The Silmarillion</i> takes place before the arrival of human beings?
4. How do the Hobbits respond to magic in Tolkien's stories?
5. What will the alteration mean for the book Tolkien is writing in Letter #128?
Short Essay Questions
1. What previously unmentioned career achievement does Tolkien reveal to Christopher Bretherton in Letter #253?
2. Why, when, and how does Tolkien switch from writing with a pen and paper to using a typewriter?
3. What wish does Tolkien have for "well-meaning" editors in Letter #236?
4. How does Tolkien disprove the misconception that his success was made overnight in Letter #159?
5. What important announcement does Tolkien make to Christopher Bretherton in Letter #253 about his connection to childhood?
6. Which familiar people does Tolkien continue to write to in the "Later Years," and which recipients are new?
7. How does Tolkien explain the role of humans and mankind in his stories in Letter #131?
8. How can the One Ring of Power be destroyed?
9. What does Tolkien think about Frodo's breakdown at the Cracks of Doom being considered a moral failure?
10. What inspires a schoolboy to write to Tolkien about <i>The Hobbit<i> in Letter #114 and what advice does Tolkien give in return?
Essay Topic 1
Tolkien offers to give away copies of his manuscripts on two occasions while giving the reader an inside look at his opinions of his own work.
1) Explain the reason why a schoolboy contacts Tolkien about The Hobbit and how Tolkien responds.
2) Describe the way Tolkien refers to his own work in Letter #155 and why he does not think it will be published.
Essay Topic 2
Mortality and humanity are two themes that are present in Tolkien's novels.
1) Describe why Tolkien chooses to place humans in the background of his stories instead of featuring them as main characters.
2) Compare the psychological issues that Elves have in dealing with their immortality.
3) Analyze the parallels between the struggles that human beings have with their mortality and the problems the Elves face with their existence.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the stages of publishing for The Lord of the Rings, including the following:
1) The initial cover images, Tolkien's reaction to them, and how the publishers respond to him.
2) The galleys and what Tolkien realizes while revising his books.
3) The idea of including maps for Tolkien's imaginary world and how he involves Christopher in the process.
4) The varying tones that Tolkien uses in his letters while describing the events that are leading up to the release of his work.
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