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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Elesin wish to make the transition?
(a) Out in the wilderness.
(b) The market.
(c) The palace.
(d) His home.

2. What is Elesin doing when he realizes that his last day is almost over?
(a) Resting.
(b) Dancing.
(c) Singing.
(d) Feasting.

3. How many deaths occur within the story?
(a) 1.
(b) 2.
(c) None.
(d) 3.

4. What is the name of Soyinka's novel as stated in the author's note?
(a) The Four Seasons.
(b) Equal Seasons.
(c) Season of Anatomy.
(d) Season of Colonialism.

5. Which other nationality has also done an adaptation of this play by medium of film, as explained in the author's note?
(a) China.
(b) Germany.
(c) Italy.
(d) Bolivia.

6. At which setting does the play open?
(a) The marketplace.
(b) The river.
(c) The palace.
(d) The British camp.

7. How many years has Olunde been in school thus far, as stated within the conversation in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

8. "Death and the King's Horseman" is a story of ____________________ rather than British colonization.
(a) Human weakness.
(b) Human sacrifice.
(c) The love of life.
(d) A cultural clash.

9. In the author's note, Soyinka states that Elesin Oba is the _____________ in the eyes of the Yoruban people.
(a) King.
(b) Salvation.
(c) Universe.
(d) Horseman.

10. At what type of school is Olunde studying?
(a) Education.
(b) Law.
(c) Medical.
(d) Engineering.

11. Oyo was the ____________ kingdom in Nigeria.
(a) Finest.
(b) Greatest.
(c) Happiest.
(d) Cruelest.

12. In what style is the dialogue of the play written?
(a) Free verse.
(b) Villanelle.
(c) Heroic couplets.
(d) Iambic pentameter.

13. What does Joseph hear in Act 1, Scene 2 that confuses him?
(a) Singing.
(b) Drumming.
(c) Strange instrumentation.
(d) Crying.

14. What phrase do Elesin and the praise-singer use to describe the afterlife?
(a) The other world.
(b) The other side.
(c) The underworld.
(d) Heaven.

15. What is the author's ethnic background?
(a) Colombian.
(b) British.
(c) African.
(d) South American.

Short Answer Questions

1. To which religion does Amusa belong?

2. The author states that this story illustrates a ____________________ between two cultures.

3. Elesin refers to the market place as his home of _____________.

4. Whom does Elesin want by his side at his death?

5. What do the women of the market gain possession of in their fight with the British officers?

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