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 lord of the substances of which Arda is made?

2. Who calls council to determine how to protect the Elves from Melkor's shadows?

3. What are the Valar destined to be over the Elves and Men of Arda?

4. Whose home does Melkor travel to where he gains assistance in revenging the Valar?

5. What is the title of Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the feast that Melkor and Ungoliant attend when they sneak into the Land of Aman.

2. How are the Orcs created?

3. How do the Valar refortify Valinor in Chapter 12?

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

5. How does the Valar create the sun and moon for Middle-earth?

6. How are the Two Trees of Valinor created?

7. Why do the Dwarves give the Sindar arms?

8. How are the Lonely Islands created?

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

10. How is the Isle of Balar created?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The desire for power is something seen in many characters in the book.

Part 1.) What repercussions did characters like Sauron and Melkor have during their search for power in Ea?

Part 2.) What might the author be saying about the nature of power based on the portrayal of Feanor's sons and their search for the Silmarils?

Essay Topic 2

The fight between good and evil is one theme represented throughout the book.

Part 1.) What led to the culmination of evil on Ea through efforts by Melkor and Sauron?

Part 2.) What efforts did characters like Iluvatar, Melwe, and Ulmo take to ensure that good prevailed in Ea?

Part 3.) What might the author wish for the battle of good and evil to symbolize in regards to a human's journey?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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