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. Who is inside the white tree?

2. What happens when the woman gets off the bullfrog?

3. What did Zurrjir love to do?

4. Which description is NOT true about "half-bodied baby"?

5. Which god does the king make the drinkard meet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Describe the group of four hundred dead babies the drinkard and his wife meet on the road.

5. 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?

6. What is special about Drum, Song, and Dance?

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

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

9. Why does the drinkard ask the reader for help in judging the court cases from "mixed town"?

10. Are plants important in this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The drinkard shares many qualities with the epic hero model. First, address what the epic hero model is. Second, suggest characteristics that the drinkard shares with the epic hero. Finally, discuss whether you consider him an epic hero or not and why.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Magical Realism is a genre of literature in which magical elements are considered normal within the reality of a novel. Could The Palm-wine Drinkard be classified under this genre? Support your answer with at least three examples from the book.

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