The Golden Fool Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robin Hobb
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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 Jinna tell Tom about Hap?

2. Where do Tom and Dutiful hold lessons?

3. Why do ambassadors come from Bingtown?

4. What does Tom find out when he spies on Civil?

5. What has the Queen said about Nettle?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom know a little about the Narcheska and what does he see about her?

2. Why is Tom sad at the beginning of the book, and what does Lord Golden say about Tom's sadness?

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

4. How is Tom able to go to his cottage to retrieve his belongings and what does he find when he arrives there?

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

6. What happens when Tom meets with the Queen in Chapter IV?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Golden Fool". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hobb chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hobb chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Hobb's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hobb use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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