The Silmarillion Test | Mid-Book 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. Who searched for Melkor in order to punish him for instigating discord between the Valar and the Elves?

2. Who covets the Silmarils and plots to ruin the relationship between the Valar and the Elves?

3. Who dies much easier in the battle against Melkor in Chapter 12?

4. What is the gap in the great walls of Pelori created for the Vanyar and Noldor to see?

5. Who tries to take the Silmarils from Melkor but is stopped when he summons his evil creatures?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Two Trees of Valinor destroyed?

2. How are the Orcs created?

3. How is Feanor's birth described in the book?

4. How are the Valar's actions described when they aid Arda in its first war?

5. How does Melkor come to be imprisoned in Mandos?

6. How does Melkor steal the Silmarils?

7. How is Melkor treated after he is released from his three age long imprisonment?

8. Describe what happens after Iluvator creates the Ainur to sing for him.

9. How is Maia and Elwe's relationship described?

10. How are the Silmarils created?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of beauty in the book. What reason might the author have for presenting beauty as a literal enchanter of Men in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of nature in the book. What significance does nature appear to have to the residents of Ea, and what is revealed about those who do not respect it?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Melkor and Manwe in the book. What traits are present to make these two characters, who started out so similar, to become so different?

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