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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where do the women of the market claim that the "official business" is happening?
(a) The market.
(b) At the palace.
(c) At the ball.
(d) The bridal tent.

2. What is Olunde's suicide weapon as stated in the author's note?
(a) Handcuffs.
(b) Poison.
(c) Chains.
(d) Not stated.

3. Whom does Soyinka blame for the tragedy of the story?
(a) Elesin Oba.
(b) Iyaloja.
(c) The British.
(d) The French.

4. Elesin refers to the market place as his home of _____________.
(a) Faith.
(b) Spirit.
(c) Soul.
(d) Family.

5. Which literary medium does Soyinka's work fall under?
(a) Stream of consciousness.
(b) Short story.
(c) Novella.
(d) Drama.

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

7. To whom is Elesin's new bride betrothed?
(a) Iyaloja's brother.
(b) Olunde.
(c) Elesin.
(d) Iyaloja's son.

8. What do the women of the market claim took Olunde away?
(a) A ship.
(b) The ocean.
(c) The British.
(d) The gods.

9. Which genre of literature does Soyinka's work fall under?
(a) Allegory.
(b) Realism.
(c) Modernism.
(d) Victorian.

10. In which year did the actual occurrence described in the play take place?
(a) 1946.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1943.

11. What do the women of the market gain possession of in their fight with the British officers?
(a) Hats.
(b) Batons.
(c) Money.
(d) Weapons.

12. To which religion does Amusa belong?
(a) Yoruba.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Muslim.
(d) Christianity.

13. Which word best describes Iyaloja's feelings upon hearing that Elesin wishes to take a bride, according to the text?
(a) Grieved.
(b) Pleased.
(c) Angry.
(d) Upset.

14. What type of device plays the music in the Pilkings' home in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Radio.
(b) Piano.
(c) Gramophone.
(d) Harpsicord.

15. Finish the quotation by Elesin Oba from Act 1, Scene 1. "This market is my roost. When I come among the women I am a(n) ____________ with a hundred mothers."
(a) Chicken.
(b) Man.
(c) Cockerel.
(d) Rooster.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character acts as the voice of reason throughout the play?

2. Which of the following actions is NOT being performed at the beginning of the play?

3. According to Soyinka, what first needs to exist before there can be a clash between two cultures?

4. In which country did the original story take place?

5. In regards to time, how should the play be performed?

(see the answer keys)

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