The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Which book began as a story that Tolkien created to read to his children?

2. Which versions of The Hobbit earn Tolkien an honorary doctorate, as mentioned in Letter #165?

3. What choice does Tolkien think each person has?

4. How do the Belgians describe Tolkien in Letter #165?

5. What university did C.S. Lewis have a Chair position?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tolkien disprove the misconception that his success was made overnight in Letter #159?

2. Who does Tolkien thank in his letter to D. Auden on 1955?

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

4. As Tolkien explains in his letter to Unwin, why is the work of C.S. Lewis opposed by some?

5. What important announcement does Tolkien make to Christopher Bretherton in Letter #253 about his connection to childhood?

6. What suspicions are confirmed by Tolkien about a woman's used book in 1965?

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

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

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

10. How does Allen & Unwin respond to Tolkien's opinion of the cover images?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chronicle Tolkien's fascination with stories from his childhood to his career as an author. Include a description of how he used his skills and abilities to develop his appreciation of stories and languages.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Tolkien's friendship with C.S. Lewis using his own accounts in the letters he writes about Lewis. Also, explain the controversy surrounding Lewis' work, the way Tolkien deals with his death, and the facts that Tolkien includes in remembering Lewis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the differences between literature that is designed to be read out loud and stories that are written to be read silently. Use Tolkien's work as a reference, including his intent with Farmer Giles of Ham and a look at the role of writing that is intended to be presented verbally in contemporary literature.

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