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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are most of the recipients of "The Final Letters"?

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

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

4. What is the title of Tolkien's lecture that is included in an academic journal?

5. Which one of the following is a topic of discussion in Letter #150 to Christopher?

Essay 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

Discuss Tolkien's creative writing process using the information he provides in his letters throughout the book. Be sure to include his explanation of the power of the pen as well as an analysis of the role of improvisation in fiction.

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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