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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 Tom do when the Narcheska makes her announcement?
2. Why do the Piebalds want to keep Tom alive?
3. What can Thick do with Tom?
4. Why is Tom furious with Golden?
5. What is Jinna?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens in Dutiful's first skill lesson?
2. Why is Tom sad at the beginning of the book, and what does Lord Golden say about Tom's sadness?
3. Why has Bingtown sent ambassadors to Buckkeep?
4. What happens when Tom goes to the tavern to look for Hap?
5. What does Tom tell Hap about Nighteyes, how does Hap feel and why is Tom upset with Hap?
6. Why does Tom think of Molly when he drinks?
7. Why does Laurel decide to leave Buckkeep?
8. What does Dutiful say about the Narcheska, and what does Golden tell the prince?
9. What does Tom see and hear when he spies on the Narcheska?
10. How does Tom know a little about the Narcheska and what does he see about her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In "The Golden Fool" and indeed in many fantasy novels, there are usually at least several individuals or more who have an almost fanatical devotion to a king or queen or royalty.
1. Do you believe such devotion is a sign that a person lacks character? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.
2. Discuss the harmful and beneficial effects of devotion to one's leader. Use examples to support your answer.
3. Do you think in modern America such dedication to the President of the United States would be very unusual? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.
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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