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 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

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

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 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "The Golden Fool". Questions that Hobb most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Hobb's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hobb's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Hobb and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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