The Golden Fool Test | 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

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.

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "The Golden Fool". Questions that Hobb most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Hobb's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hobb's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Hobb and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Characters are an important part of what makes "The Golden Fool" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Fitz. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of the Narcheska. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Dutiful. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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