Making sure students understand the causes and effects of events in literature is imperative to comprehension and retention. They must understand how events are related and connected to understand deeper concepts like character motivation and point of view.
This handout uses several key events in the first 5 chapters of The Hobbit. It allows you to easily see who understands the motivations of the characters, what causes them to embark on their adventure, and what pushes them to move forward. Understanding of the causes and effects in the first 5 chapters of the novel are imperative for students to understand the entire novel.
Aside from being a great handout to check comprehension, this handout serves a wonderful discussion tool for character motivation.