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. For what reason does Thick's employer tell Thick to be careful of Tom?

2. Why does Tom restore his scars?

3. What does the Queen tell Tom after he is healed?

4. What does Tom forbid Chade doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Tom notice when he looks in the mirror after being healed?

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

4. How does Tom heal from his stab wound?

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

6. Where is Tom when he wakes up from being stabbed and who comes to get him?

7. What idea does Tom discuss in the epilogue?

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

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

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

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

"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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "The Golden Fool" is? Explain your response

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