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. What does Jinna tell Tom about Hap?

2. Why does Tom ask Chade to send Thick away during his lessons with Dutiful?

3. What does Tom take from his cottage?

4. What is Tom's real name?

5. How does the Narcheska think the prince views her?

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 happens when Tom goes to Golden's quarters in Chapter XII?

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

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

5. How does Tom know a little about the Narcheska and what does he see about her?

6. What does Tom tell Hap about Nighteyes, how does Hap feel and why is Tom upset with Hap?

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

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

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

10. What happens when Tom meets with the Queen in Chapter IV?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "The Golden Fool" is? Explain your response

Essay Topic 3

"The Golden Fool" falls in the genre called fantasy. Discuss the following:

1. What is the definition of genre? Fantasy genre? How do you know "The Golden Fool" falls in the genre of fantasy? Give examples.

2. Other than entertainment, why do you think people might read fantasy?

3. Fantasy is sometimes considered second-rate fiction--i.e., that it is not good enough to be studied in academe. Why do you think this is true? Do you think it is a valid argument?

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