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. Why do ambassadors come from Bingtown?

2. How old is the Narcheska?

3. What does Chade leave for Tom in Chade's tower?

4. Which servant had been rude to the Narcheska?

5. What does Thick say about the prince when Tom meets with Thick and Chade?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Starling, where does Tom see her and what happens after Jinna's when Tom leaves Starling?

2. What does Dutiful want from Tom concerning the prince's betrothal party and what does he order Tom to do? How does Golden help with the prince's command to Tom?

3. What rumor is passed around about Laudwine's death?

4. What does the Queen do about the Witted?

5. What does Golden want to do about the quest and how does Chade handle Golden and why does Chade do what he does with Golden?

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

7. Why is Swift at court and what is the Queen's decision about him?

8. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?

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

10. What does Tom tell Chade about Golden and what is Chade's response?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"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 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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "The Golden Fool" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "The Golden Fool" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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