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 does the drinkard put an end to the "natural disaster"?

2. When the drinkard and his wife are captured and put in a bag, what are the other creatures in the bag like?

3. What happens when the drinkard offers the "Invisible-Pawn" yams and corn as thanks for his work?

4. Who is "Invisible-Pawn"?

5. How long is the parade requested by the king supposed to last?

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. Describe the hungry-creature.

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why does the drinkard let the hungry-creature eat him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Magical Realism is a genre of literature in which magical elements are considered normal within the reality of a novel. Could The Palm-wine Drinkard be classified under this genre? Support your answer with at least three examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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