The Golden Fool Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Web teach about the Old Blood?

2. On whom were the deaths of Padget and Laudwine blamed?

3. What happens with Tom and Svanja's father?

4. What does Laudwine tell Padget to do about Civil?

5. What does Dutiful skill Tom about concerning Civil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most fantasy novels, and in some sense, most novels, deal with the concept of good and evil. Discuss the following:

1. What are the forces allied with "good" in "The Golden Fool's" world and what forces are allied with "evil"?

2. How does one distinguish good from evil? How is good distinguished from evil in "The Golden Fool's" world?

3.Is there a universal consensus on what constitutes good or evil? Why or why not?

4. Do you generally agree with the ideas of good and evil in "The Golden Fool"? Why or why not?

5. What are several examples of good and evil in your culture? Do you agree with these ideas? 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

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?

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