The Golden Fool Test | Final 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. Who will go with Dutiful on his trip?

2. Why does the Queen ride out to meet the Old Blood?

3. Why is Swift at the court?

4. What does Chade say about the Bingtown traders and their dragon?

5. How does Tom get dismissed from Golden's employ?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom find out about Civil and the Piebalds and what does he hear about them? What does Tom do about it?

2. What does Tom tell Chade about Golden and what is Chade's response?

3. What does Civil do about the meeting between the Queen and the Old Blood and how does everyone feel about his action?

4. Where has Civil been, and why does Tom not trust Civil?

5. What does Tom say to Golden before he leaves?

6. What idea does Tom discuss in the epilogue?

7. Why is Nettle upset and what is Tom's advice to her?

8. How does Tom find out about Thick's spying and what does Civil teach Dutiful?

9. What is Golden, why does Kebal hate him and what does Golden say Kebal will do if she comes to power?

10. What does Starling tell Tom about her marriage and what is his response?

Essay Topics

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

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

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.

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