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 relation is Chade to Tom?

2. What does Tom tell Golden when he returns from the forest?

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

4. What does Chade tell Tom about Laurel?

5. What does the Narcheska say to Dutiful when they come out to ride with him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Tom think of Molly when he drinks?

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

7. Why does Laurel decide to leave Buckkeep?

8. What happens in Dutiful's first skill lesson?

9. What does Laurel tell Tom?

10. What is the Piebald's goal and how do they work towards that goal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Golden Fool is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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