|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Thick say Nettle said to him?
2. What is Tom's real name?
3. What does the boy from Bingtown say about Tintaglia?
4. Why does Tom ask Chade to send Thick away during his lessons with Dutiful?
5. What does Tom do when the Narcheska makes her announcement?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Tom speak with his daughter in Chapter III?
2. What does Tom tell Hap about Nighteyes, how does Hap feel and why is Tom upset with Hap?
3. What happens when Tom goes to Golden's quarters in Chapter XII?
4. What does Dutiful ask Tom about Golden and what is Tom's response?
5. Why is Tom sad at the beginning of the book, and what does Lord Golden say about Tom's sadness?
6. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?
7. What happens in Dutiful's first skill lesson?
8. Why does Chade tell Tom Thick must be taught the Skill and what does Tom request of the Queen about Nettle?
9. Why does Tom and Dutiful meet at the castle, what does Tom remember about his skill teacher and what does Tom tell Dutiful?
10. Who is Starling, where does Tom see her and what happens after Jinna's when Tom leaves Starling?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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
This section contains 1,280 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)