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. What does Chade tell Tom he must do?

2. What might Jek believe about Golden?

3. Why does Chade let Golden believe he is going?

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

5. What has changed in Golden?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hap tell Tom about Svanja and what is Tom's response?

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

4. What does the Queen do about the Witted?

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

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

7. What does Tom say to Golden before he leaves?

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

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

10. What does Golden want to do about the quest and how does Chade handle Golden and why does Chade do what he does with Golden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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