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

2. What is the bed in Death's house made of?
(a) Straw.
(b) Human hair.
(c) Human bones.
(d) Stones.

3. Why does the man with eyes in back of his knees chase the drinkard and his wife?
(a) They took a cola from the image of a basket.
(b) They made fun of his odd body.
(c) They stole his cowrie, which had fallen on the ground.
(d) They knew each other from the drinkard's home town.

4. About how much does "half-bodied baby" weight by the time the drinkard starts carrying him?
(a) 28 lbs.
(b) 2,800 lbs.
(c) 280 lbs.
(d) 2.8lbs.

5. What happens when the woman gets off the bullfrog?
(a) She disappears.
(b) Her necklace breaks.
(c) The cowrie starts screaming.
(d) Her scarf starts to choke her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Zurrjir love to do?

2. What does the woman witness as she follows the "complete" gentleman into the forest?

3. Zurrjir is described as a "wonderful" child because ________.

4. What does Skull make the woman sit on?

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is symbolic about the magic seeds?

3. In the first town that the palm-wine drinkard visits, he meets an old man who gives him two challenges. How does the drinkard complete these tasks and what does this say about his human and non-human abilities?

4. Describe the hungry-creature.

5. When following and spying on Skull, what does the drinkard turn himself into and why?

6. 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?

7. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard after the egg breaks?

8. What did the drinkard and his wife do with their death and fear? Why is this significant?

9. How do the drinkard and his wife eventually escape from the white creatures?

10. Describe how the "Invisible-Pawn" gets his work done.

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