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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the drinkard and his wife end up in the white tree?
(a) The tree's hands grab them and bring them in.
(b) They fall through a hole into another world.
(c) They climb the tree, then fall through a shoot.
(d) They enter through the back door.

2. Why do the attendants bring an eagle?
(a) To take out the eyes of the drinkard and his wife.
(b) Because it sings a special song.
(c) To kill it and eat it.
(d) To ride on it to the next town.

3. What was notable about the the protagonist's father?
(a) His father lived to be 106 years old.
(b) His father was the richest man in their town.
(c) His father had 13 children.
(d) His father had one leg.

4. Who gave the drinkard the juju he uses to turn himself into a large bird?
(a) Spirit of Prey.
(b) Water Spirt Woman.
(c) His father.
(d) A ghost.

5. What "right thing" does the old man (a god) want the drinkard to bring back from the black-smith?
(a) A key.
(b) A bell.
(c) A candlestick.
(d) A tool.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the protagonist bring with him on his journey?

2. Where does the "half-bodied baby" appear?

3. What does the drinkard turn himself into to escape the creatures in "No road--out to travel from bust to bush to the Dead's town"?

4. What is NOT true about the terrible animal?

5. Who do the townspeople want to exile?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the narrator of this novel? What is he like?

2. What kind of story is this? How is it told?

3. Does the wife's prophecy about the "Invisible-Pawn"--"wonderful hard worker, but he would be a wonderful robber in future"--come true ?

4. Who is "Faithful-Mother"? What is her responsibility?

5. Describe the drinkard's reaction when he saves the woman from Skull, brings her home, but then cannot get the cowrie off her neck, which prevents her from speaking and eating. Why is this significant?

6. Why does the drinkard let the hungry-creature eat him?

7. What does "Faithful-Mother" give the drinkard and his wife when they depart?

8. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard when comes home and shares his powerful egg?

9. While living in "mixed town," the drinkard is asked to judge two separate cases, but he leaves them unresolved. How are they similar and what makes them hard to resolve?

10. When can the drinkard and his wife enter "Dead's Town"? Is this symbolic?

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