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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 wife forget in the ashes?

2. When does "half-bodied baby" finally come down from the drinkard?

3. Where does Skull live?

4. What does the drinkard turn himself into to escape the creatures in "No road--out to travel from bust to bush to the Dead's town"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe "Laugh."

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

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

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 couldn't the people of Wraith-Island accompany the drinkar and his wife to their next destination? Have you noticed this problem in previous chapters?

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

7. 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."

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

9. Describe the "half-bodied baby." Who is he and what is he like?

10. Describe Skull and his house.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is employed throughout The Palm-wine Drinkard. Discuss the use of and meaning of three symbols. (The teacher could specify three symbols as well: juju, gun, egg, seed, half-bodied baby, etc.).

Essay Topic 2

The drinkard kills the red fish and red bird with the gun that Faithful-Mother gave him. Afterward, all the red people ran from him in fear. Earlier in the story, the drinkard used his juju to defeat opponents and instill the same fear in people. Please address this shift in how the drinkard deals with challenges. Be sure to discuss whether this shift is symbolic or not and why.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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