The Golden Fool Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dutiful ask Tom about Lord Golden?

2. Which servant had been rude to the Narcheska?

3. What is Tom's real name?

4. Why does Laurel think Tom should leave Buckkeep?

5. How does the Narcheska make the prince feel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom speak with his daughter in Chapter III?

2. What does Laurel tell Tom?

3. What do the Piebalds claim about the Witted, and what is actually true about the Piebalds?

4. Who is Thick, what is his ability and what does Chade want Tom to do about Thick?

5. Why does Chade tell Tom Thick must be taught the Skill and what does Tom request of the Queen about Nettle?

6. What happens when Tom goes to Golden's quarters in Chapter XII?

7. What happens in Dutiful's first skill lesson?

8. What does Tom tell Hap about Nighteyes, how does Hap feel and why is Tom upset with Hap?

9. What occurs shortly before the Outislanders leave Buckkeep?

10. How does Tom know a little about the Narcheska and what does he see about her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "The Golden Fool". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "The Golden Fool". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "The Golden Fool". Include the homicides and suicide that happen in the story.

Essay Topic 2

Most fantasy novels, and in some sense, most novels, deal with the concept of good and evil. Discuss the following:

1. What are the forces allied with "good" in "The Golden Fool's" world and what forces are allied with "evil"?

2. How does one distinguish good from evil? How is good distinguished from evil in "The Golden Fool's" world?

3.Is there a universal consensus on what constitutes good or evil? Why or why not?

4. Do you generally agree with the ideas of good and evil in "The Golden Fool"? Why or why not?

5. What are several examples of good and evil in your culture? Do you agree with these ideas? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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