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 Tom realize about Chade and Skill?

3. What does Tom do when Dutiful does not come for his lesson?

4. Who had the same problem with Tom as Dutiful in the Skill?

5. Why does Web stay at the palace?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom find out about Thick's spying and what does Civil teach Dutiful?

2. How does Tom heal from his stab wound?

3. What weapon will Tom carry and why and what does Chade tell Tom about Swift?

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

5. What does the Queen say about Nettle?

6. Why does Tom worry about Dutiful and how are the Skill lessons going with the coterie?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Golden Fool" and indeed in many fantasy novels, there are usually at least several individuals or more who have an almost fanatical devotion to a king or queen or royalty.

1. Do you believe such devotion is a sign that a person lacks character? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.

2. Discuss the harmful and beneficial effects of devotion to one's leader. Use examples to support your answer.

3. Do you think in modern America such dedication to the President of the United States would be very unusual? Why or why not? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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