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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - Barron's Booknotes
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ANSWERS

TEST 1

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 guide.

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