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. What is true about the "highway men"?

2. What does Skull make the woman sit on?

3. Where does Skull live?

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

5. How is the bush described that the drinkard and his wife next travel through?

Short Essay Questions

1. After fighting fantastical monsters for ten years, what new hardship does the drinkard come home to? Could this be considered a real life monster? Why?

2. 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?

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

4. Compare the juju the drinkard used during difficult situations with the gun he used during difficult situations.

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

6. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard when comes home and shares his powerful egg?

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

8. Does the palm-wine drinkard receive a positive or negative reception from tapster in Dead's Town? How so?

9. Does the drinkard give a satisfactory reason for fighting and then killing the bag creatures?

10. Does the wife's prophecy about the "Invisible-Pawn"--"wonderful hard worker, but he would be a wonderful robber in future"--come true ?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Although the drinkard is named "Father of gods who could do everything in this world," he is not omnipotent. It takes more than a twitch of his nose or a snap of his fingers to accomplish his feats. This being said, the drinkard uses a combination of supernatural magic and human wit when dealing with challenges. Discuss how he is fantastical, how he is human, and why this combination makes him a compelling character.

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