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. About how much does "half-bodied baby" weight by the time the drinkard starts carrying him?

2. How do the attendants complete the task the king assigns them, regarding the drinkard and his wife?

3. Whom does the drinkard and his wife meet personally the night, after meeting the king?

4. What must happen so the woman can eat and speak again?

5. Where does the "half-bodied baby" appear?

Short Essay Questions

1. The drinkard describes the inhabitants of "Unreturnable-Heaven's Town" as "backwards." What does he mean by this? Elaborate.

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

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

4. Describe "Laugh."

5. What is symbolic about the magic seeds?

6. Who is the narrator of this novel? What is he like?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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