Hobbit Shake Guide

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The Hobbit Chapter Guides
Chapter One: "An Unexpected Party"
We are introduced to hobbits and to Bilbo Baggins, a stay-at-home, utterly respectable hobbit with a secret desire for adventure. Bilbo receives a visit from Gandalf the wizard. The next Wednesday Gandalf returns for tea, bringing with him a party of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield. Despite misgivings on both sides, on Gandalf's recommendation the dwarves hire Bilbo as Burglar on an expedition to the Lonely Mountain, where they plan to recover their ancestral treasure from the dragon Smaug.
Comprehension Questions
1.What is Gandalf's reputation?
2.What kind of mark does Gandalf put on Bilbo's door?
3.How many dwarves come to tea?
4.What does Thorin wear to
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Bilbo and the dwarves are captured by the trolls, but Gandalf outwits them and they turn to stone at daybreak. The expedition plunders the trolls' hoard. Gandalf and Thorin take swords, Bilbo, takes a small knife, and they bury the trolls' gold.
Comprehension Questions
1.What are the terms of Bilbo's contract?
2.How does Bilbo know that the three people are trolls?
3.How is Bilbo caught?
4.How does Gandalf rescue Bilbo and the dwarves?
5.What do they take from the trolls' hoard?
esteemed (41) paraphernalia (42) applicable (48)

Discussion and Essay Topics
1.Why is it important that Gandalf is not present when the expedition meets the trolls?
2.The trolls are evil, bestial, and disgusting. But do they seem mostly human or nonhuman?
3.Is strength or intelligence more valuable so far in this book?

Critical Commentary: Quests and the Development of the Hero
The Hobbit follows the typical pattern of the Quest in many ways. Like most quest heroes, Bilbo begins the story ignorant and untried, and he undergoes a series of preliminary adventures which help him in two ways. First, they give him the opportunity to learn about the world and the extent and proper use of his own powers. Second, they bring him the friends and talisman that he will need in order to prevail in his greatest adventure, the culmination of his quest.
Because in a well-constructed quest story the development of wisdom and self-restraint is equally as important as the growth of physical

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