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

2. How does the giant revive the creatures after the drinkard kills them?

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

4. How does the drinkard put an end to the "natural disaster"?

5. What happens when "Invisible-Pawn" is asked to bring firewood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Comment on how the drinkard sums up his journey, "And so all our trials, difficulties and many years' travel brought only an egg or resulted in an egg." (Chapter 32, p. 295)

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

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

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

7. Are plants important in this story?

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

9. Describe the group of four hundred dead babies the drinkard and his wife meet on the road.

10. Does the drinkard give a satisfactory reason for fighting and then killing the bag creatures?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Comment on the grotesque elements in this novel. Give at least three examples of the grotesque and explain their significance within the novel. How would the novel be different without these grotesque elements?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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