The Golden Fool Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robin Hobb
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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 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

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of "The Golden Fool", much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. it is in the "real" world), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of "The Golden Fool" that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in "The Golden Fool".

2. Define the words as used in "The Golden Fool's" world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of "The Golden Fool". Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in The Golden Fool? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from "The Golden Fool"? Which ones?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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).

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