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 does Hap want Tom to meet?

2. What does Tom offer Chade?

3. What does Peottre put on the Narcheska's back?

4. What does Tom say Dutiful must separate?

5. What is Tom mourning?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dutiful insult the Narcheska?

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

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

5. How does Tom speak with his daughter in Chapter III?

6. 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?

7. What does Dutiful say about the Narcheska, and what does Golden tell the prince?

8. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?

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

10. Who is Thick, what is his ability and what does Chade want Tom to do about Thick?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the common elements of fantasy is the presence of some sort of magic. Discuss the following:

1. What sort of cultural problems do you think the United States would have if it were suddenly discovered that 1% of its population possessed magical abilities similar to the Wit or the Skill?

2. If you had a choice between having the Wit or the Skill, which would you chose? Why?

3. Would you want to part of the 1% of the population that possesses magical abilities? Why or why not?

4. Do you think most people would use their magical abilities for good or evil? Explain.

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. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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