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. The "natural disaster" that has affected the drinkard's hometown was the result of ________.

2. What does the tapster bring to the drinkard and his wife?

3. What does the man do on the morning of the seventh day of the parade?

4. What does Faithful-Mother NOT give the drinkard and his wife when they leave?

5. In the second case, which wife does the husband first pick when he is brought back to life?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Describe the hungry-creature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Palm-wine Drinkard can be considered part of the folklore tradition. Explain, using at least three examples, why this is the case.

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