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 Lady Vance say the prince must do if she wins a bet with him?

2. How does Hap feel about his apprenticeship?

3. What does Arkon do when he enters the betrothal ceremony?

4. Of whom is Dutiful jealous?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Piebald's goal and how do they work towards that goal?

3. Why does Laurel decide to leave Buckkeep?

4. What happens when Tom goes to the tavern to look for Hap?

5. What does the boy from Bingtown ask Tom and what does he tell Tom?

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

7. What conversation does Tom over hear at the beginning of Chapter VI and what is his response?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Golden Fool", there seems to be more individuals/groups who are not trustworthy than are: Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are untrustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout "The Golden Fool".

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout "The Golden Fool".

3. Who do you think Fitz trusts in this book and is his trust well founded? Who does he mistrust and why? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

"The Golden Fool" is one book in a series of novels involving the Farseers. Discuss the following.

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

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