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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 "Spirit of Prey" kill his prey?
(a) He uses a bow and arrow.
(b) He fixes his eyes on his prey and then closes them.
(c) He whispers the name of his prey.
(d) He spits on his prey.

2. What happens when the children of "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" try to nail the heads of the drinkard and his wife?
(a) The eagle saves them.
(b) The tapster saves them.
(c) The children can not find hammers.
(d) The kings saves them.

3. When his parents do not listen to him, "half-bodied baby" commands that they _________.
(a) Be silenced and unable to breathe.
(b) Be unable to eat or breathe.
(c) Be blinded and silenced.
(d) Be blinded and unable to breathe.

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

5. How is the bush described that the drinkard and his wife next travel through?
(a) Pleasant.
(b) Sad.
(c) Dry.
(d) Greedy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does this character do in return for being forgotten by the king?

2. Why does the protagonist leave his town?

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

4. Why do the drinkard and his wife stay by the river for a whole month?

5. What is the drinkard's financial situation when he meets Drums, Song, and Dance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do the drinkard and his wife enjoy staying on Wraith-Island? Why or why not?

3. Comment on the parent-child relationship, during "On the Way to an Unknown Place." What is significant about the characters' roles?

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

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

6. How does the drinkard react when he first sees the Skull as a "complete gentleman"?

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

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

9. Describe Death and his house.

10. What do the drinkard and his wife find out when they arrive in the town where the tapster is supposed to be? How do they react?

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