Six writing prompts for which students must create an argumentative essay and support it with textual evidence from The Hobbit, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The scoring rubric is modeled after the PA Core Writing Rubric for the PSSA, but also meets Common Core Criteria for writing in 8th Grade English Language Arts. This can be used as a final assessment in which students can choose one of the prompts or different prompts could be assigned throughout the novel instead. The rubric can be modified to change point values as well.