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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many kingdoms are the Yoruba divided into?
(a) 5.
(b) 6.
(c) Not stated.
(d) 10.

2. Iyaloja works to enforce what is good for __________.
(a) Everyone.
(b) Elesin.
(c) Women only.
(d) Her family.

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

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

5. This term best describes Elesin's reaction/feeling toward Iyaloja's response after Elesin requests a wife.
(a) Annoyed.
(b) Angry.
(c) Elated.
(d) Jealous.

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

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

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

9. In which country did the original story take place?
(a) Ethiopia.
(b) Nigeria.
(c) Zimbabwe.
(d) Somalia.

10. In Yoruban culture, which character must lead the king throughout the afterlife?
(a) His bride.
(b) A praise-singer.
(c) His horseman.
(d) His servant.

11. Where was the author educated?
(a) Africa.
(b) England.
(c) Ireland.
(d) France.

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

13. The praise-singer warns Elesin about being spoiled by what, at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) The British.
(b) Women.
(c) Warriors.
(d) Too much food.

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

15. What does Elesin do in response to the praise-singer's warnings?
(a) Cry.
(b) Scold him.
(c) Dance.
(d) Scream.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In Act 1, Scene 1, Elesin and the praise-singer have a discussion where Elesin compares him to a jealous _______.

4. Which dance do Jane and Pilkings dance to in the second scene of the play?

5. The characters in the play are _________________.

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