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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which character in the play would the author, Soyinka, most likely be comparable to?
(a) Amusa.
(b) Elesin.
(c) Olunde.
(d) Jane.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In what way is Amusa related to Elesin?
(a) They are friends.
(b) They are cousins.
(c) He is not.
(d) They are brothers.

11. In whose home does the second scene take place?
(a) The resident of the prince.
(b) Joseph's.
(c) The Pilkings'.
(d) Amusa's.

12. 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) The British.
(d) Warriors.

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

14. .The praise-singer could also be seen as _______________.
(a) Elesin's soul.
(b) A god.
(c) Elesin's conscience.
(d) Elesin's best friend.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is supposed to make an important appearance later in the evening?

3. This term best describes Elesin's reaction/feeling toward Iyaloja's response after Elesin requests a wife.

4. What is proof of the new bride's virginity?

5. Which word best describes Iyaloja's feelings upon hearing that Elesin wishes to take a bride, according to the text?

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