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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. Who is the lady who brought the drinkard to the red bush?
2. What does the tapster say he did the night he died?
3. How does the wise king help the drinkard and his wife on their journey?
4. Who is the king of the Red-Bush related to?
5. What was in the center of the white tree?
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. Describe the "Red-Lady" and her fashion taste.
3. What does "Faithful-Mother" give the drinkard and his wife when they depart?
4. 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?
5. Describe how the "Invisible-Pawn" gets his work done.
6. How do the townspeople treat the drinkard when comes home and shares his powerful egg?
7. Are plants important in this story?
8. Compare the juju the drinkard used during difficult situations with the gun he used during difficult situations.
9. Why does the drinkard ask the reader for help in judging the court cases from "mixed town"?
10. How could the magic egg be seen as symbolic?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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