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 the Narcheska say to Dutiful when they come out to ride with him?

2. Why does Laurel think Tom should leave Buckkeep?

3. What does Tom take from his cottage?

4. What does the Narcheska say Dutiful must do?

5. How does the Narcheska make the prince feel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chade tell Tom Thick must be taught the Skill and what does Tom request of the Queen about Nettle?

2. What does Tom see and hear when he spies on the Narcheska?

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

4. What does Laurel tell Tom?

5. Who is Starling, where does Tom see her and what happens after Jinna's when Tom leaves Starling?

6. What do the Piebalds claim about the Witted, and what is actually true about the Piebalds?

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

8. How does Dutiful insult the Narcheska?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of power throughout "The Golden Fool".

Trace and analyze the theme of magic throughout "The Golden Fool".

Trace and analyze the theme of evil throughout "The Golden Fool".

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of "The Golden Fool", much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. it is in the "real" world), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of "The Golden Fool" that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in "The Golden Fool".

2. Define the words as used in "The Golden Fool's" world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of "The Golden Fool". Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in The Golden Fool? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from "The Golden Fool"? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

In "The Golden Fool" it appears that most of the true heroics are done by men. This type of stereotyping is changing and women are being given more and more active, heroic and physical roles in fantasy novels.

1. Discuss in detail, with examples, the various heroic qualities that are seen in Queen Kettricken.

2. Discuss in detail, with examples, the various heroic qualities that are seen in Laurel.

3. Discuss in detail, with examples, the various heroic qualities that are seen in Jinna.

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