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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 important question does the king of "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" ask the drinkard and his wife?

2. 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"?

3. What happens when the drinkard brings Death to the old man (a god)?

4. To complete his first challenge, what does the drinkard turn himself into?

5. As a child, what was the only type of money used in the protagonist's town?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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."

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

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

5. Describe "Laugh."

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

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

8. Describe the "half-bodied baby." Who is he and what is he like?

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.

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

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 3

This story is narrated in first person by the protagonist, the drinkard. This means that there is no explicit description of the drinkard or his personality. Based on the drinkard's action, decisions, and opinions, how would you describe the drinkard and why? Give at least three observations about him and evidence to support these observations.

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