The Golden Fool Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robin Hobb
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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 is Tom's real name?

2. What does Dutiful teach Civil?

3. What does the Queen give Tom?

4. What does the boy from Bingtown ask Tom?

5. Who calls Tom telepathically after the betrothal party?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dutiful ask Tom about Golden and what is Tom's response?

2. How does Dutiful insult the Narcheska?

3. What occurs shortly before the Outislanders leave Buckkeep?

4. How is Tom able to go to his cottage to retrieve his belongings and what does he find when he arrives there?

5. Who is Starling, where does Tom see her and what happens after Jinna's when Tom leaves Starling?

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

7. Why is Tom sad at the beginning of the book, and what does Lord Golden say about Tom's sadness?

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

9. How does the Narcheska enter the betrothal ceremony, what does her father do and how do the Farseers feel about his action?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Golden Fool" and indeed in many fantasy novels, there are usually at least several individuals or more who have an almost fanatical devotion to a king or queen or royalty.

1. Do you believe such devotion is a sign that a person lacks character? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.

2. Discuss the harmful and beneficial effects of devotion to one's leader. Use examples to support your answer.

3. Do you think in modern America such dedication to the President of the United States would be very unusual? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Golden Fool", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "The Golden Fool". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Golden Fool". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hobb chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hobb chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Hobb's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hobb use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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