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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 does the king try to make the drinkard and his wife talk?
(a) He has them tickled.
(b) He has them stabbed with a stick.
(c) He has their heads shaved.
(d) He has them dumped in water.

2. While living in Wraith Island, what is the drinkard's profession?
(a) Farmer.
(b) Doctor.
(c) Tapster.
(d) Judge.

3. What does the Termite House look like?
(a) A cream colored umbrella.
(b) A market place.
(c) A maze.
(d) A wooden chest.

4. What does the drinkard change the woman into as they escape from Skull?
(a) A tiny kitten.
(b) A bullfrog.
(c) A sparrow-like bird.
(d) A lizard.

5. Who is Zurrjir?
(a) The drinkard's son.
(b) The woman's father.
(c) The complete gentleman.
(d) Skull's brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the woman's thumb?

2. Who dies in the fire that the drinkard starts?

3. Which god does the king make the drinkard meet?

4. What does the old man (a god) give the drinkard to catch Death?

5. What does the drinkard change himself into to follow the complete gentleman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the group of four hundred dead babies the drinkard and his wife meet on the road.

3. Why does the drinkard's initial plan to escape the white creatures backfire?

4. There is a common saying, "like father like son." How is this true in respect to the drinkard and his son Zurrjir?

5. Comment on how the drinkard sums up his journey, "And so all our trials, difficulties and many years' travel brought only an egg or resulted in an egg." (Chapter 32, p. 295)

6. After fighting fantastical monsters for ten years, what new hardship does the drinkard come home to? Could this be considered a real life monster? Why?

7. 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?

8. Describe the "half-bodied baby." Who is he and what is he like?

9. Describe the white tree.

10. How does the drinkard escape from the hungry-creature's stomach? Is this realistic?

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