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

2. What does the terrible animal give the drinkard?

3. How do the drinkard and his wife end up in the white tree?

4. What does the drinkard turn himself into after they get to the river and cut down a tree?

5. Who do the townspeople want to exile?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the drinkard and his wife eventually escape from the white creatures?

3. What did the drinkard and his wife do with their death and fear? Why is this significant?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Describe the feud between Heaven and Land.

8. Describe the hungry-creature.

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. 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

Fantasy and Magical Realism are two distinct but related literary genres. Discuss:

(1) The differences between the two genres.

(2) Can The Palm-wine Drinkard be considered a fantasy? Why or why not?

(3) Can The Palm-wine Drinkard be considered a an example of Magical Realism? Why or why not?

(4) How would you classify The Palm-wine Drinkard?

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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