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 is the mother to the Spirit of Fire?

2. Where does Feanor tell the Noldor to return to after leaving the Valar?

3. What is the name of the land known as the Lonely Island?

4. What does Melkor attack but fails, becoming more closely bound to the earth?

5. Where does Melkor wear the Silmarils after stealing them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Sindar first described in the book?

2. How are the Maiar first described in the book?

3. How is the Isle of Balar created?

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

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

6. How does Melkor react to the creation of the sun?

7. How are the Two Trees of Valinor created?

8. Why do the Dwarves give the Sindar arms?

9. How is Aule's creation of the Dwarves described?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of wisdom in the book. What can the reader learn about the importance of wisdom based on the portrayal of Fingolfin?

Essay Topic 2

The author presents many different representations of love in the book.

Part 1.) What can we learn about the nature of the love a parent has for their children based on the actions of characters like Iluvatar, Yavanna and Miriel?

Part 2.) What can we learn about the nature of romantic love in the book based on the portrayal of characters like Beren and Luthien?

Part 3.) What can we learn about the love for nature based on the Teleri's love for the sea?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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