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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Barron's Booknotes
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1. C

2. A

3. B

4. C

5. A

6. B

7. B

8. A

9. C

10. A

11. You could take either side of this question. If you say yes,
discuss the corrupting influence of the Ring, using specific
examples. Point to the fact that anybody, even Gandalf, will
fall into the temptation to use it, and that once he uses it, he
will become evil, like Sauron.

You could argue from the opposite view, as well. Point to the
fact that Frodo, Bilbo, Faramir, and others were able to resist
the Ring. Those who fall prey to the Ring's power possess
some character flaw, such as Boromir's pride and desire to rule
others. Also point to the fact that there are different kinds of
power. The elves possess the power to heal and the power to
understand. It is only the power to dominate others that seems
to corrupt.

12. To answer this question, you must first show how Tolkien
creates an association between stars and good, and between
shadow and evil. For instance, Gandalf refers to Sauron as "the
Shadow." Tolkien's elves, on the other hand, are closely
associated with stars. You will find specific examples in the
story section of this guide.

Next, you must show how the images of star and shadow serve
as symbols for good and evil. For example, just as shadows can
hide the stars, evil can hide all traces of good, leading some
people to despair and believe that there is no good. But like the
stars, good cannot be obliterated by evil and will endure no
matter how desperate things seem.

13. You have a variety of options here. You can illustrate the
way Tolkien gives his characters different styles of speech. For
example, you may want to discuss the speech of the trolls, the
goblins, and Gollum in The Hobbit. You can also mention that
sometimes language seems to have a power of its own. For
example, Tom Bombadil uses language to give him power over
things, and the language of Mordor brings a shadow over
Rivendell when Gandalf speaks it there. Finally, Tolkien's use
of invented languages draws attention to the variety of
languages in the world and to the fact that his languages seem
suited to the people who use them. You may want to point out
the harshness of the language of Mordor and the grandeur of
the language of the elves. Other ways that Tolkien draws your
attention to language have been discussed throughout this

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