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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 "Spirit of Prey"?

2. What does the king command his attendants to do to the drinkard and his wife?

3. What does the woman witness as she follows the "complete" gentleman into the forest?

4. Why is the terrible animal mad?

5. What does the woman, who is held captive by Skull, have around her neck?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. When following and spying on Skull, what does the drinkard turn himself into and why?

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

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

5. In "Three Good Creatures Took Over Our Trouble," how do the drinkard and his wife make money? What might this say about their characters?

6. What kind of story is this? How is it told?

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

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

9. During "To Travel by Air," why does the drinkard turn himself into a bird and fly his wife to their next destination?

10. What lesson can be learned from the little creature on Wraith-Island who was not picked by the King to help clear the corn fields?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain why "death" is an important theme in this novel. Using three examples, demonstrate the different ways in which death is present in the novel and how each of these examples are significant (symbolically, morally, plot-wise, etc.)

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is employed throughout The Palm-wine Drinkard. Discuss the use of and meaning of three symbols. (The teacher could specify three symbols as well: juju, gun, egg, seed, half-bodied baby, etc.).

Essay Topic 3

There are three prominent female characters in The Palm-wine Drinkard. Describe each and their significance within the novel. Next, compare and contrast their roles. Finally, address this question: Is their being female the only thing that ties them together?

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