This summative assessment features 87 questions designed to measure reading comprehension and encourage thoughtful analysis of ideas and themes present in The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien. The corresponding answer key is included. The test breaks down as follows:
Part 1. Character Identification.
Multiple choice. 38 questions.
♦ Kili & Fili
♦ The Great Goblin
♦ Lord of the Eagles
♦ The trolls
♦ The Elvenking
♦ The woof-elves
♦ The thrush
Part 2. Important Places and Concepts.
Multiple choice. 20 questions.
♦ 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
♦ Rivendell and the Last Homely House
♦ The enchanted stream
♦ Thorin and the Elvenking's stubbornness
♦ Bilbo's strategic rescue of the adventurers
♦ Bilbo's flaw in the escape plan
♦ Lake-town's reaction to the presence of the adventurers
♦ The mountain's secret door
♦ A dragon's special traits
Part 3. Vocabulary.
Matching. 12 questions.
Part 4. Quote Association.
Matching. Identify the speaker of a given quote. 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.”
♦ “You ought to have brought 500 burglars, not one."
♦ “I don’t know your smell, but if you are not one of those men of the lake, you had their help.”
♦ “Look for the hollow of the left breast as he flies and turns above you.”
♦ “It is a hundred years and three and fifty since I came out of the egg…”
Part 5. Quote Analysis.
Identify the speaker, recipient(s) of the statement, and the context of the quote. 3 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…”
Part 6. Essays.
Respond to questions in paragraph form. 2 prompts.
♦ Dynamic character
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.