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 is the name of Feanor's second wife?

2. How many earth-gems does Feanor add light to from the Trees of Valinor?

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

4. Who puts stars in the sky to provide light to the Outer Lands?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Dwarves give the Sindar arms?

2. How are Orome's followers first described?

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

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

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

6. How are the Orcs created?

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

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

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

10. How is Iluvatar's creation of Ea described?

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

Discuss the theme of vengeance shown in the book. What might the author be saying about human nature based on the presence of vengeance?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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