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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 must happen so the woman can eat and speak again?
(a) The cowrie must be removed from her neck.
(b) The scarf must be dyed red.
(c) The necklace must be put back together.
(d) She must consume more juju.

2. What is the drinkard's financial situation when he meets Drums, Song, and Dance?
(a) It is not specified.
(b) He is penniless.
(c) He is financially stable.
(d) He is very rich.

3. What does the king command his attendants to do to the drinkard and his wife?
(a) Put them in jail.
(b) Invite them for tea.
(c) Banish them.
(d) Shave their heads.

4. How do the attendants complete the task the king assigns them, regarding the drinkard and his wife?
(a) By kidnapping them and leaving them in a valley far away.
(b) By threatening them with a stick.
(c) With a flat stone and broken bottle.
(d) By hand delivering an invitation.

5. What does wife forget in the ashes?
(a) Her ring.
(b) A photo album.
(c) Her gold trinket.
(d) Her silver pendant.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why won't the people of Wraith Island leave with the drinkard and his wife?

2. What does the drinkard turn himself into after they get to the river and cut down a tree?

3. While living in Wraith Island, what is the drinkard's profession?

4. The "half-bodied baby" commands his mother to _________.

5. In the second town where the drinkard goes, a man says he will tell the drinkard where the tapster is if he ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. The drinkard describes the inhabitants of "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" as "backwards." What does he mean by this? Elaborate.

2. Describe Death and his house.

3. Describe the "Spirit of Prey" and how he kills his prey.

4. Comment on how the drinkard deals with his insatiable son.

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

6. Describe Skull and his house.

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 palm-wine drinkard's relationship with his friends at the beginning of the story.

9. Why couldn't the people of Wraith-Island accompany the drinkar and his wife to their next destination? Have you noticed this problem in previous chapters?

10. Describe how the drinkard's son was born. Why is this extraordinary birth significant?

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