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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 "Invisible-Pawn"?

2. What gift does the tapster give the drinkard?

3. What does the drinkard turn his wife into to keep her safe from "Hungry-Monster"?

4. What else does the drinkard do in case there are future difficulties?

5. From the second case the drinkard tries, what did the first wife do when her husband died unexpectedly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. What themes do we find in "The Invisible-Pawn" chapter that we have seen in earlier chapters?

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

10. What new power does the drinkard's wife develop during pages 248-264?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The drinkard kills the red fish and red bird with the gun that Faithful-Mother gave him. Afterward, all the red people ran from him in fear. Earlier in the story, the drinkard used his juju to defeat opponents and instill the same fear in people. Please address this shift in how the drinkard deals with challenges. Be sure to discuss whether this shift is symbolic or not and why.

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

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.

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