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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 causes Frodo to have a breakdown in The Lord of the Rings?
2. What does Tolkien wish for "well-meaning folk who think they know" in Letter #236?
3. In what year is Letter #253 written?
4. What is Tolkien's age when he writes Letter #253?
5. How many Elves does Tolkien think might be able to manage the Ring of Power in Letter #246?
Short Essay Questions
1. What information does Tolkien provide in his remembrance of C.S. Lewis in Letters #257 and #261?
2. When is Tolkien's final letter written and how does he attempt to assemble his work before he passes away?
3. How does Tolkien support his assessment of Gandalf's Ring-wearing in Letter #246?
4. As Tolkien explains in his letter to Unwin, why is the work of C.S. Lewis opposed by some?
5. What suspicions are confirmed by Tolkien about a woman's used book in 1965?
6. In what way does Tolkien think that his story will help both existing parents and future parents?
7. What observation is made about Tolkien's work that prompts him to evaluate Frodo's heroic status?
8. What is Tolkien's initial reaction when he is warned about his friendship with C.S. Lewis and what happens to change his mind?
9. Who is Tolkien writing to when he predicts what would happen if Gandalf had worn the Ring, and what is his prediction?
10. What previously unmentioned career achievement does Tolkien reveal to Christopher Bretherton in Letter #253?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In Letter #246, Tolkien evaluates Frodo's heroic and moral qualities in The Lord of the Rings.
1) Describe Mrs. Eileen Elgar's observation of Frodo's actions and Tolkien's response to it.
2) Explain why Tolkien considers Frodo to be a non-hero, including the supporting logic he uses as well as your thoughts on his viewpoint.
3) Analyze Frodo's breakdown and the moral implications of it as well as the conclusions Tolkien makes from the event.
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