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. Why is Tom furious with Golden?

2. How does Golden hurt his ankle?

3. Who sees Tom hug Laurel?

4. What does the Queen give Tom?

5. What does the Queen tell Tom about his mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?

2. Where do Tom, Dutiful and Golden go in Chapter III, what does Dutiful ask of Tom, what is Tom's response and why is Dutiful jealous about Tom?

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

4. What does Laurel tell Tom?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Laurel decide to leave Buckkeep?

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

In "The Golden Fool", there seems to be more individuals/groups who are not trustworthy than are: Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are untrustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout "The Golden Fool".

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout "The Golden Fool".

3. Who do you think Fitz trusts in this book and is his trust well founded? Who does he mistrust and why? Give specific examples.

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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