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 happens when the husband from case #2 comes back to life?

2. What does Faithful-Mother NOT give the drinkard and his wife when they leave?

3. What pastime does the drinkard take up while in the white tree?

4. What is the "Invisible-Pawn's" name?

5. What does the man do on the morning of the seventh day of the parade?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the white tree.

2. What does "Faithful-Mother" give the drinkard and his wife when they depart?

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

4. Explain why some might consider the drinkard to be a "good" character in the end and another might see him as a "bad" character.

5. Describe the feud between Heaven and Land.

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

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

8. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard after the egg breaks?

9. What does the drinkard do when he realizes the townspeople plan to revolt against him?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fantasy and Magical Realism are two distinct but related literary genres. Discuss:

(1) The differences between the two genres.

(2) Can The Palm-wine Drinkard be considered a fantasy? Why or why not?

(3) Can The Palm-wine Drinkard be considered a an example of Magical Realism? Why or why not?

(4) How would you classify The Palm-wine Drinkard?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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