The Golden Fool Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Peottre do with the gown given to Narcheska for the ball?

2. What does Peottre put on the Narcheska's back?

3. Of whom is Dutiful jealous?

4. What does Chade say about Nettle?

5. What does the Queen tell Tom about his mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens during Tom's confrontation with Laudwine, when does he see Henja and what happens to Tom right after he sees Henja?

4. What happens when Tom meets with the Queen in Chapter IV?

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

6. What does Tom see and hear when he spies on the Narcheska?

7. What does Laurel tell Tom?

8. Why is Nettle upset and what is Tom's advice to her?

9. Why does Tom worry about Dutiful and how are the Skill lessons going with the coterie?

10. How does Tom heal from his stab wound?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Golden Fool is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Golden Fool" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Golden Fool" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "The Golden Fool" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Fitz. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of the Narcheska. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Dutiful. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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