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 does Skull make the woman sit on?

2. Who does the king of Wraith Island forget to chose to help clear the fields?

3. What are the people like in Wraith-Island?

4. What won't "half-bodied baby" let his parents do?

5. While living in Wraith Island, what is the drinkard's profession?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe "Laugh."

9. Describe how the drinkard's son was born. Why is this extraordinary birth significant?

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

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

Comment on the grotesque elements in this novel. Give at least three examples of the grotesque and explain their significance within the novel. How would the novel be different without these grotesque elements?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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