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The Return of the King

J. R. R. Tolkien

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1. Which of the following is not a distinguishing characteristic of Minas Tirith?

2. Why does Pippin offer his sword to Denethor in service of Gondor?

3. How does Aragorn encounter Sauron?

4. Who is the most frightened character in the journey through the Paths of the Dead?

5. Why must the Sleepless Dead obey Aragorn’s commands?

6. How does Merry arrive at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?

7. What does the Enemy catapult over the walls of Minas Tirith?

8. What strange guides lead the Riders of Rohan on a secret path to Gondor?

9. How does Gandalf defend the gates of Minas Tirith against the Lord of the Nazgûl?

10. What does Denethor take with him to his fiery death?

11. What is ironic about Aragorn’s arrival in Gondor?

12. How does Aragorn heal the sick and dying in the Houses of Healing?

13. What is the goal of Gondor’s advance attack on Mordor?

14. What does Sauron’s Lieutenant use to threaten Gandalf and his envoy?

15. How does Sam elude the Two Watchers at the gates of Ungol?

16. How does Sam overpower Frodo’s Orc captors?

17. How does Frodo respond when he learns that Sam has safeguarded the Ring?

18. What physical image of Sauron intimidates Frodo and Sam?

19. How does the Ring end up in the Cracks of Doom?

20. Whom does Éowyn agree to marry?

21. What does Arwen give to Frodo?

22. Who is the “Boss” of the Shire?

23. How does Saruman die?

24. What improvement does Sam make to the Shire?

25. What do Frodo and Gandalf do at the end of the novel?

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