This close reading exercise helps students read more actively and analyze the text more deeply to promote improved comprehension of The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Chapter 1). Six multiple choice questions are included, and an answer key is provided. This resource, which highlights several textual passages, specifically addresses the following:
♦ The longstanding reputation of a Baggins
♦ Determining the meaning of vocabulary in context
♦ A shift in tone; the dwarves' historical background; and the start of the adventure
♦ Author's intent (analysis of character)
♦ Drawing inferences from character statements and actions
This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using this worksheet as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
If you prefer an even more comprehensive resource to make teaching The Hobbit more convenient, consider this mega bundle, which includes a reading guide, an introductory PowerPoint, a set of 10 comprehension quizzes, a unit test, answer keys, and more.