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. Who are Swift's parents?

2. Why is Tom's wound so dangerous?

3. Who does the Queen get in exchange for Dutiful?

4. What is everyone talking about in the Chapter Spring Sailing?

5. How is Nettle feeling towards Tom in his dreams?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during Tom's confrontation with Laudwine, when does he see Henja and what happens to Tom right after he sees Henja?

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

3. What does the Queen do about the Witted?

4. What idea does Tom discuss in the epilogue?

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

6. What rumor is passed around about Laudwine's death?

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

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

9. What does the Queen say about Nettle?

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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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