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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is NOT true about the specific creature the drinkard describes in "No road--out to travel from bust to bush to the Dead's town"?
2. What are the houses in "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" like?
3. Where is Death when the drinkard reaches his house?
4. As a child, what was the only type of money used in the protagonist's town?
5. About how much does "half-bodied baby" weight by the time the drinkard starts carrying him?
Short Essay Questions
1. Comment on how the drinkard deals with his insatiable son.
2. Describe the palm-wine drinkard's relationship with his friends at the beginning of the story.
3. Describe Death and his house.
4. Describe the white monster that the drinkard and his wife encounter in "No Road--Ought to Travel from Bush to Bush to the Dead's Town."
5. During "To Travel by Air," why does the drinkard turn himself into a bird and fly his wife to their next destination?
6. How do the drinkard and his wife eventually escape from the white creatures?
7. Describe the "Spirit of Prey" and how he kills his prey.
8. There is a common saying, "like father like son." How is this true in respect to the drinkard and his son Zurrjir?
9. When following and spying on Skull, what does the drinkard turn himself into and why?
10. The drinkard describes the inhabitants of "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" as "backwards." What does he mean by this? Elaborate.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fantasy and Magical Realism are two distinct but related literary genres. Discuss:
(1) The differences between the two genres.
(2) Can The Palm-wine Drinkard be considered a fantasy? Why or why not?
(3) Can The Palm-wine Drinkard be considered a an example of Magical Realism? Why or why not?
(4) How would you classify The Palm-wine Drinkard?
Essay Topic 2
Although written in the folktale fashion, The Palm-wine Drinkard is a product of an educated Nigerian man who wrote for an English speaking publisher, during the 20th century. Discuss the balance between African tradition and Western modernization. Use at least three distinct examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3
Family is a common theme in literature. Focus on one example of a family theme in this novel, explaining why it falls under this category, why it is significant within the novel, and finally, how your example is symbolic beyond the text (is there a message here?)
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