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. Why does the drinkard make the rule that he would only serve people outside?

2. What is NOT true about the lady that approaches the drinkard and his wife?

3. What happens when the drinkard offers the "Invisible-Pawn" yams and corn as thanks for his work?

4. Why is the drinkard kicked out of "Dead's Town"?

5. How do the drinkard and his wife get more money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How could the magic egg be seen as symbolic?

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. 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?

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

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 "Red-Lady" and her fashion taste.

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

8. Does the wife's prophecy about the "Invisible-Pawn"--"wonderful hard worker, but he would be a wonderful robber in future"--come true ?

9. When can the drinkard and his wife enter "Dead's Town"? Is this symbolic?

10. Are plants important in this story?

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

Explain why "death" is an important theme in this novel. Using three examples, demonstrate the different ways in which death is present in the novel and how each of these examples are significant (symbolically, morally, plot-wise, etc.)

Essay Topic 3

Although the drinkard is named "Father of gods who could do everything in this world," he is not omnipotent. It takes more than a twitch of his nose or a snap of his fingers to accomplish his feats. This being said, the drinkard uses a combination of supernatural magic and human wit when dealing with challenges. Discuss how he is fantastical, how he is human, and why this combination makes him a compelling character.

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