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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which character acts as the voice of reason throughout the play?
(a) Pilkings.
(b) Iyaloja.
(c) Jane.
(d) Olunde.

3. According to the praise-singer, what must happen for the fowl to know his true friends?
(a) The cockerel hides its feathers.
(b) When the women cover him in damask.
(c) Wind blows cold from behind.
(d) The shedding of the tail.

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

5. What drives the action in the Yoruban world?
(a) The king.
(b) Music.
(c) The gods.
(d) Elesin Oba.

6. During what major event did Soyinka decide to set her play around?
(a) During the U.S. occupancy of the Philippines.
(b) World War II.
(c) The assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
(d) World War I.

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

8. Who is responsible if the Yoruban world were to fall off course?
(a) The praise-singer.
(b) The British.
(c) The mother of the market.
(d) The King's Horseman.

9. What is the object that distracts Elesin offstage in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play?
(a) Rich food.
(b) Wine.
(c) Fine cloth.
(d) A beautiful woman.

10. Which character is portrayed as understanding throughout the play?
(a) Amusa.
(b) Pilkings.
(c) Iyaloja.
(d) Jane.

11. Whom does Elesin want by his side at his death?
(a) His wife.
(b) Iyaloja.
(c) The praise-singer.
(d) His son.

12. Where is most of the play set?
(a) The cellar.
(b) Elesin's palace.
(c) The marketplace.
(d) The ball.

13. Jane influences Pilkings through ____________.
(a) Intuition.
(b) Instruction.
(c) Fear.
(d) Flattery.

14. What do the women of the market threaten to remove from Amusa if he refuses to leave?
(a) His hat.
(b) His knickers.
(c) His coat.
(d) His pants.

15. The characters in the play are _________________.
(a) Based on Yoruban heros.
(b) Metaphorical.
(c) Soyinka's creations.
(d) Historical characters.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which genre of literature does Soyinka's work fall under?

2. What phrase do Elesin and the praise-singer use to describe the afterlife?

3. What is it that Elesin craves before his death?

4. How many years has Olunde been in school thus far, as stated within the conversation in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Which word best describes Jane's feelings toward the Yoruban traditions and customs, according to the text?

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