The Golden Fool Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Laudwine's middle man with Thick?

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

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

5. Who will go with Dutiful on his trip?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Politics and manipulation influence much of what happens in Assassin's Quest, including some of Fitz's choices in response to others attempting to manipulate him. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe the political situation in "The Golden Fool" and how it impacts the actions of three of the major characters.

2. Discuss and analyze several people who try to manipulate Fitz and his responses to them.

3. Although Fitz is considered inferior because he is a bastard, he seems to be as deep into the political situation as any of the legitimately born nobles. Discuss why you think this is so?

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

"The Golden Fool" is one book in a series of novels involving the Farseers. Discuss the following.

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

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