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 does Laudwine do to Tom when they are fighting?

2. What does the Queen announce about the Witted?

3. Who does Web teach about the Old Blood?

4. What does Tom forbid Chade doing?

5. Why is Hap not with Svanja?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What idea does Tom discuss in the epilogue?

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

4. How does Tom hear the conversation between Laudwine and Padget and what does he find out?

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

6. What does Tom realize about the coterie and what does Chade want to do about the coterie?

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

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

9. What do some of the Old Blood want and how does Web react to being a hostage? How does Tom see Web?

10. What happens to Civil's mother and why does it happen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Golden Fool" it appears that most of the true heroics are done by men. This type of stereotyping is changing and women are being given more and more active, heroic and physical roles in fantasy novels.

1. Discuss in detail, with examples, the various heroic qualities that are seen in Queen Kettricken.

2. Discuss in detail, with examples, the various heroic qualities that are seen in Laurel.

3. Discuss in detail, with examples, the various heroic qualities that are seen in Jinna.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Golden Fool", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "The Golden Fool". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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