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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. How do the drinkard and his wife get more money?
2. What is the drinkard's hobby in the next town they go to after escaping "Hungry-Monster"?
3. What does the tapster bring to the drinkard and his wife?
4. From the second case the drinkard tries, what did the third wife do when her husband died unexpectedly?
5. What happens when "Invisible-Pawn" is asked to bring firewood?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how the "Invisible-Pawn" gets his work done.
2. Explain why some might consider the drinkard to be a "good" character in the end and another might see him as a "bad" character.
3. Are plants important in this story?
4. 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?
5. Describe the feud between Heaven and Land.
6. Describe the group of four hundred dead babies the drinkard and his wife meet on the road.
7. How could the magic egg be seen as symbolic?
8. How does the drinkard escape from the hungry-creature's stomach? Is this realistic?
9. What does "Faithful-Mother" give the drinkard and his wife when they depart?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
The Palm-wine Drinkard is a circular story in that the main character ends back in the place where he started, his hometown. Explain three possible motives for developing and ending the story like this.
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