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 does the tapster say he did the night he died?

2. What was the tapster called before he died?

3. When does "Invisible-Pawn" do his work?

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

5. When can "alives" enter Dead's Town.

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. Does the palm-wine drinkard receive a positive or negative reception from tapster in Dead's Town? How so?

3. Describe how the "Invisible-Pawn" gets his work done.

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

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

6. Describe the group of four hundred dead babies the drinkard and his wife meet on the road.

7. Describe the hungry-creature.

8. Compare the juju the drinkard used during difficult situations with the gun he used during difficult situations.

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

10. Describe the "Red-Lady" and her fashion taste.

Essay Topics

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

While in Dead's Town the tapster explains that "alives" and "deads" can not live together because they each think the other group does everything backwards or incorrectly. Comment on this allegorical chapter using these questions to guide you:

(1) What happens in this chapter? Where else in the book do we find similar events and themes?

(2) What are these scene allegories for?

(3) Is there a moral lesson or resolution to these allegories? Explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

There are three prominent female characters in The Palm-wine Drinkard. Describe each and their significance within the novel. Next, compare and contrast their roles. Finally, address this question: Is their being female the only thing that ties them together?

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