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. What do the Valar mourn the loss of at the beginning of Chapter 11?

2. What does Manwe make sure will not be destroyed during the Firstborn's power that are Yavanna's favorite?

3. What does Feanor do to the ships he uses to get to Middle-earth in Chapter 9?

4. What is the place Iluvatar creates that is known as the World that Is?

5. What is the title of Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Two Trees of Valinor created?

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

3. How does Melkor steal the Silmarils?

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

5. How do the Teleri act towards Feanor when he tries to leave for Middle-earth?

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

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

8. How is Tulkas' search for Melkor described in the book?

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

10. Why do the Dwarves give the Sindar arms?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the concept of honor in the book. What characters represented honor in the book, and what traits did they possess to give them this title?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the concept of jealousy in the book. What characters exhibited jealous behavior in the book, and what repercussions did they face because of it?

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