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. How does Hap feel when Tom tells him Nighteyes is dead?

2. What does Chade say about Nettle?

3. What does Dutiful ask Tom to tell him about?

4. What does Tom find out when he spies on Civil?

5. How does Golden feel about Tom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What occurs shortly before the Outislanders leave Buckkeep?

4. Who goes riding with the prince and Lady Vance and what does Peottre announce?

5. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?

6. How does Dutiful insult the Narcheska?

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

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

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

10. Why does Laurel decide to leave Buckkeep?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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).

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

Most fantasy novels, and in some sense, most novels, deal with the concept of good and evil. Discuss the following:

1. What are the forces allied with "good" in "The Golden Fool's" world and what forces are allied with "evil"?

2. How does one distinguish good from evil? How is good distinguished from evil in "The Golden Fool's" world?

3.Is there a universal consensus on what constitutes good or evil? Why or why not?

4. Do you generally agree with the ideas of good and evil in "The Golden Fool"? Why or why not?

5. What are several examples of good and evil in your culture? Do you agree with these ideas? Why or why not?

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