The Hobbit Test & Key

This is an 86-question assessment for Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The corresponding answer key is included.

Part 1. Character Identification.
Multiple choice.
♦ Bilbo
♦ Thorin
♦ Gandalf
♦ Elrond
♦ Beorn
♦ Bard
♦ Smaug
♦ Roac
♦ The dwarves
♦ Gollum
♦ The Great Goblin
♦ Lord of the Eagles
♦ The trolls
♦ The Elvenking
♦ The woof-elves
♦ The thrush
♦ Wargs

Part 2. Places and Concepts.
Multiple choice.
♦ The Arkenstone
♦ Durin’s Day
♦ Description of a typical Baggins
♦ What it means to be "Tookish"
♦ The dwarves’ response to Bilbo’s participation
♦ Bilbo’s emotional response following the unexpected party
♦ The conflict involving the trolls
♦ Beorn’s concerns
♦ Bilbo’s sword
♦ The Orcrist
♦ The Last Homely House
♦ The enchanted stream
♦ Thorin and the Elvenking’s stubbornness
♦ Bilbo’s rescue of the adventurers
♦ Bilbo’s escape plan flaw
♦ Lake-town’s reaction to the presence of the adventurers
♦ The mountain’s secret door
♦ A dragon’s traits

Part 3. Vocabulary.
Matching. 12 questions.
♦ Audacious
♦ Smote
♦ Obstinately
♦ Flummoxed
♦ Venerable
♦ Plight
♦ Forbear
♦ Toothsome
♦ Haste
♦ Mirth
♦ Parley
♦ Eyrie

Part 4. Quote Association.
Matching. Identify the speaker. 12 quotes.
♦ “If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes.”
♦ “Moon letters are rune letters, but you cannot see them.”
♦ “He’s found it, yes he must have. My birthday present.”
♦ “Well, it is the first time that even a mouse has crept along carefully and quietly under my very nose and not been spotted.”
♦ “…the bacon knows that it will get back in the pan sooner or later, and it is to be hoped we shan’t.”
♦ “The day will come when they will perish and I will go back!”
♦ “I’m going to lie here and sleep and dream of food, if I can’t get it any other way.”
♦ “No treasure will come back through Mirkwood without my having something to say in the matter.”
♦ And more

Part 5. Quote Analysis & Essay.
Identify the speaker, recipient(s) of the statement, and the context. One quote requires an essay response. 4 quotes.
♦ “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
♦ “Come along back to your nice cells, and I will lock you all in again, and you can sit there comfortably and think of a better plan.”
♦ “Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you…”
♦ “He wondered whether he ought not, now he had the magic ring, to go back into the horrible, horrible tunnels and look for his friends.”

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