Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What "right thing" does the old man (a god) want the drinkard to bring back from the black-smith?
2. What is the bed in Death's house made of?
3. Why does the man with eyes in back of his knees chase the drinkard and his wife?
4. About how much does "half-bodied baby" weight by the time the drinkard starts carrying him?
5. What happens when the woman gets off the bullfrog?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does "Faithful-Mother" give the drinkard and his wife when they depart?
2. What is symbolic about the magic seeds?
3. In the first town that the palm-wine drinkard visits, he meets an old man who gives him two challenges. How does the drinkard complete these tasks and what does this say about his human and non-human abilities?
4. Describe the hungry-creature.
5. When following and spying on Skull, what does the drinkard turn himself into and why?
6. 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?
7. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard after the egg breaks?
8. What did the drinkard and his wife do with their death and fear? Why is this significant?
9. How do the drinkard and his wife eventually escape from the white creatures?
10. Describe how the "Invisible-Pawn" gets his work done.
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?
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.
The Palm-wine Drinkard can be considered part of the folklore tradition. Explain, using at least three examples, why this is the case.
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