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 Zurrjir?

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

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

5. How long ago did the tapster leave the town where the drinkard thought he'd find him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. Why does the drinkard's initial plan to escape the white creatures backfire?

6. 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."

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Parenting is a difficult task. Analyze the representation of the drinkard and his wife as parents. How are they represented? Is this representation symbolic? What message is being conveyed or lesson taught by their example?

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

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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