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 the drinkard change himself into to follow the complete gentleman?

2. What color are the creatures the drinkard meets in "No road--out to travel from bust to bush to the Dead's town"?

3. After meeting Drums, Song, and Dance, what does the drinkard do for five days?

4. Why is the terrible animal mad?

5. What is the drinkard's financial situation when he meets Drums, Song, and Dance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe "Laugh."

3. 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?

4. Describe Death and his house.

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

6. Do the drinkard and his wife enjoy staying on Wraith-Island? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are three prominent female characters in The Palm-wine Drinkard. Describe each and their significance within the novel. Next, compare and contrast their roles. Finally, address this question: Is their being female the only thing that ties them together?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

While in Dead's Town the tapster explains that "alives" and "deads" can not live together because they each think the other group does everything backwards or incorrectly. Comment on this allegorical chapter using these questions to guide you:

(1) What happens in this chapter? Where else in the book do we find similar events and themes?

(2) What are these scene allegories for?

(3) Is there a moral lesson or resolution to these allegories? Explain why or why not.

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