The Palm-wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-wine Tapster in the Dead's Town Test | Final 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 do the "mountain-creatures" love to do?

2. How long is the parade requested by the king supposed to last?

3. Who is the third character involved in the first case's conflict?

4. What "natural disaster" has killed millions of people?

5. Who is this year's annual sacrifice in the red bush?

Short Essay Questions

1. Comment on how the drinkard sums up his journey, "And so all our trials, difficulties and many years' travel brought only an egg or resulted in an egg." (Chapter 32, p. 295)

2. After fighting fantastical monsters for ten years, what new hardship does the drinkard come home to? Could this be considered a real life monster? Why?

3. Why does the drinkard let the hungry-creature eat him?

4. How are the people of Dead's Town different from living humans?

5. Why is the king from "We and the Wise King in the Wrong Town with the Prince Killer" described as wise?

6. Describe the hungry-creature.

7. In no more than three sentences, comment on the treatment of magic versus realism in this story. Are the two distinguishable within the world of this novel?

8. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard when comes home and shares his powerful egg?

9. What did the drinkard and his wife do with their death and fear? Why is this significant?

10. While living in "mixed town," the drinkard is asked to judge two separate cases, but he leaves them unresolved. How are they similar and what makes them hard to resolve?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The drinkard shares many qualities with the epic hero model. First, address what the epic hero model is. Second, suggest characteristics that the drinkard shares with the epic hero. Finally, discuss whether you consider him an epic hero or not and why.

Essay Topic 2

This story is narrated in first person by the protagonist, the drinkard. This means that there is no explicit description of the drinkard or his personality. Based on the drinkard's action, decisions, and opinions, how would you describe the drinkard and why? Give at least three observations about him and evidence to support these observations.

Essay Topic 3

There is a didactic nature to many of the episodes in The Palm-wine Drinkard. Choose three examples and explain why they can be considered didactic.

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