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. What choice does Tolkien think each person has?

2. When does Tolkien write to Unwin about C.S. Lewis in "Now the Books Themselves"?

3. What feeling does Tolkien have about knowing the entire story of The Lord of the Rings?

4. What type of good news does Tolkien preview in Letter #185?

5. How does Tolkien categorize the attempts made to change his spellings in Letter #236?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issues is Tolkien having with the cover images for The Lord of the Rings books and how does he handle the situation?

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

3. What is the general range in lengths of the letters featured in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien?

4. How did being a father help Tolkien in writing one of his most well known stories, The Hobbit?

5. Why is Tolkien honored with a degree from the Belgians and how do they refer to him?

6. How does Tolkien address the name Numenor in Letter #227?

7. What previously unmentioned career achievement does Tolkien reveal to Christopher Bretherton in Letter #253?

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

9. What is the mystery of creative writing that Tolkien reveals in Letter #199 to Christopher?

10. What observation is made about Tolkien's work that prompts him to evaluate Frodo's heroic status?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Tolkien's theory about human behavior and the effects of circumstances, free will, and character in making decisions. Be sure to provide examples from Tolkien's letters explaining why certain characters he has invented act the way that they do and make the choices they make.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Tolkien's views on parenting in Letter #246. Include the reasons why he thinks people either fear or are reluctant to become parents and the many benefits of having children that he writes about.

Essay Topic 3

Tolkien's writing style is a combination of different techniques that is very effective in delivering exciting fiction that can be enjoyed on many levels.

1) Explain the use of vivid descriptions in both Tolkien's letters and his fictional works.

2) Describe Tolkien's advice for writing fiction in a way that maintains the reader's attention throughout the work and analyze how this can be applied to contemporary creative writing.

3) Explain Tolkien's opinions about allegory and its use in writing fiction, as well as your own view about the literary device and its uses.

3) Analyze Tolkien's thoughts about fairy tales and the importance of their place in literature.

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