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. Who is the leader of the Piebalds?

2. What is Tom mourning?

3. Why do ambassadors come from Bingtown?

4. What does the Narcheska say to Dutiful when they come out to ride with him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?

2. Where do Tom, Dutiful and Golden go in Chapter III, what does Dutiful ask of Tom, what is Tom's response and why is Dutiful jealous about Tom?

3. Why does Tom think of Molly when he drinks?

4. Why does Tom and Dutiful meet at the castle, what does Tom remember about his skill teacher and what does Tom tell Dutiful?

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

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

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

8. How does Dutiful insult the Narcheska?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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