The Golden Fool Test | Final 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 happens when Dutiful tries to Skill Tom when Tom is fighting?

2. What does Chade tell Tom he must do?

3. What happens in Tom's body when it is healed?

4. How does Chade feel about what Golden tells Tom about the world?

5. What were the Piebalds doing to Civil's mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What idea does Tom discuss in the epilogue?

2. How does Tom get Thick's red whistle to him, what does he tell Dutiful and Thick and what does Dutiful think of Thick?

3. What weapon will Tom carry and why and what does Chade tell Tom about Swift?

4. Why is Swift at court and what is the Queen's decision about him?

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

6. What does the Queen do about the Old Bloods?

7. What happens between Tom and Svanja's father and what does Hap tell Tom about love?

8. What does the Queen say about Nettle?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Golden Fool" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Golden Fool" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "The Golden Fool" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "The Golden Fool" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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