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. Why won't the people of Wraith Island leave with the drinkard and his wife?

2. Why does the drinkard cry when he first sees the complete gentleman?

3. Who is the terrible animal?

4. What is NOT true about the specific creature the drinkard describes in "No road--out to travel from bust to bush to the Dead's town"?

5. Who gave the drinkard the juju he uses to turn himself into a large bird?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Three Good Creatures Took Over Our Trouble," how do the drinkard and his wife make money? What might this say about their characters?

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

4. Describe Death and his house.

5. 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."

6. In the first town that the palm-wine drinkard visits, he meets an old man who gives him two challenges. How does the drinkard complete these tasks and what does this say about his human and non-human abilities?

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

8. Describe "Laugh."

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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