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. How does "Spirit of Prey" kill his prey?

2. What does "Zurrjir" mean?

3. What are the people of "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" like?

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

5. What do the creatures do when the drinkard transforms himself in "No road--out to travel from bust to bush to the Dead's town"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Skull and his house.

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. What is symbolic about the magic seeds?

4. There is a common saying, "like father like son." How is this true in respect to the drinkard and his son Zurrjir?

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

6. Describe the "Spirit of Prey" and how he kills his prey.

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

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

9. Comment on how the drinkard deals with his insatiable son.

10. Describe "Laugh."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many borders in The Palm-wine drinkard, and trespassing these borders can create trouble. Choose three examples of trespassing and explain why they are significant. Next, discuss the symbolism in borders and border crossing. Are the examples you listed at all allegorical? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Although written in the folktale fashion, The Palm-wine Drinkard is a product of an educated Nigerian man who wrote for an English speaking publisher, during the 20th century. Discuss the balance between African tradition and Western modernization. Use at least three distinct examples from the book.

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