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- Saruman, Sauron, and Gandalf are all three wizards. What characteristics do they have in common? In what ways are they different?
- Which characters in the story do you consider to be heroic and why?
- One of the themes of this story is that characters have free will to decide whether or not to follow the path of evil. In addition, evil characters are given the opportunity to repent and be rehabilitated. Cite three incidents from the story to support one or both of the above ideas.
- What difficult decision must Aragorn make concerning Frodo and Sam? After completing the book, do you think he makes the correct decision?
- What evidence is there that Frodo and Sam are being guided by a powerful, but benevolent guiding force that is helping them battle evil?
- Some critics believe that Tolkien is making a political statement in this book. They believe he is saying that nations, like men, have the responsibility to go to war to destroy evil, even when that evil is not yet directly threatening. In what ways does the behavior of the Ents and the attitude of King Theoden in this story help to illustrate this idea?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.