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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In Act 1, Scene 1, Elesin and the praise-singer have a discussion where Elesin compares him to a jealous _______.
(a) Man.
(b) Officer.
(c) Girl.
(d) Wife.

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

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

6. The author states that this story illustrates a ____________________ between two cultures.
(a) Confrontation.
(b) Clash.
(c) Misunderstanding.
(d) Coming together.

7. Soyinka's story is based upon ______.
(a) Yoruban myth.
(b) Creation myths of Nigeria.
(c) Factual information.
(d) Historical events.

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

9. 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) Rooster.
(b) Chicken.
(c) Man.
(d) Cockerel.

10. The messenger should be denied _______ he asks for.
(a) Women.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Everything.
(d) The life.

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

12. In Act 1, Scene 2, Jane discusses how calling holy water "nonsense" would offend whom?
(a) Elesin.
(b) A Roman Catholic.
(c) A Muslim.
(d) Amusa.

13. How does Elesin feel regarding Pilkings helping Olunde go to school?
(a) Happy.
(b) Pleased.
(c) Angry.
(d) Sad.

14. Which of the following characters is NOT introduced in the first scene of the play?
(a) Elesin.
(b) Olohun-iyo.
(c) Iyaloja.
(d) Amusa.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is responsible if the Yoruban world were to fall off course?

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

4. Which literary medium does Soyinka's work fall under?

5. What is Olunde's suicide weapon as stated in the author's note?

(see the answer keys)

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