The Palm-wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-wine Tapster in the Dead's Town Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 did Zurrjir love to do?

2. What is the Termite House actually?

3. About how much does "half-bodied baby" weight by the time the drinkard starts carrying him?

4. Why does the protagonist leave his town?

5. Whom does the drinkard and his wife meet personally the night, after meeting the king?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Describe "Laugh."

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

7. What themes do we find in "The Invisible-Pawn" chapter that we have seen in earlier chapters?

8. How is the "bush" personified in "Not Too Small to be Chosen"?

9. Why is the king from "We and the Wise King in the Wrong Town with the Prince Killer" described as wise?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Palm-wine Drinkard is a circular story in that the main character ends back in the place where he started, his hometown. Explain three possible motives for developing and ending the story like this.

Essay Topic 2

Although The Palm-wine Drinkard is written by a Nigerian author and set in Nigeria, readers from anywhere can understand and appreciate it in their own way. What is universal about this story and why? Give at least three examples.

Essay Topic 3

Comment on how the story ends. Be sure to address the following questions:

(1) What type of ending is this? Why?

(2) Is there closure? How so or how is there not?

(3) Why might the author have ended the story this way? What is significant or symbolic about this type of ending?

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