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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. When does "Invisible-Pawn" do his work?
2. What gift does the tapster give the drinkard?
3. What do the drinkard and his wife first give "Hungry-Monster" to eat?
4. At the end of the chapter, what does Dance turn into?
5. What does the drinkard turn himself into to escape from the "mountain-creatures"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how the "Invisible-Pawn" gets his work done.
2. Why is the king from "We and the Wise King in the Wrong Town with the Prince Killer" described as wise?
3. Describe the white tree.
4. What does the drinkard do when he realizes the townspeople plan to revolt against him?
5. 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?
6. What does "Faithful-Mother" give the drinkard and his wife when they depart?
7. When can the drinkard and his wife enter "Dead's Town"? Is this symbolic?
8. Describe the "Red-Lady" and her fashion taste.
9. Describe the group of four hundred dead babies the drinkard and his wife meet on the road.
10. 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?
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
Comment on how the story ends. Be sure to address the following questions:
(1) What type of ending is this? Why?
(2) Is there closure? How so or how is there not?
(3) Why might the author have ended the story this way? What is significant or symbolic about this type of ending?
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