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. How many dead babies do the drinkard and his wife meet on the road?

2. What do the drinkard and the tapser do together?

3. What was in the center of the white tree?

4. How much palm-wine does the drinkard consume with his friends when he first returns home?

5. When Heaven and Land go hunting, what animal do they kill?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. How does the drinkard escape from the hungry-creature's stomach? Is this realistic?

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

6. Describe the feud between Heaven and Land.

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

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

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. How could the magic egg be seen as symbolic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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