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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who is supposed to make an important appearance later in the evening?
(a) The Yoruban King.
(b) The Prince of England.
(c) Elesin Oba.
(d) Joseph.

3. Finish the sentence. The British involvement in this story is ______________.
(a) Contradictory.
(b) Problematic.
(c) Incidental.
(d) Destructive.

4. What is another name for the praise-singer?
(a) Olohun-iyo.
(b) Oba-iyo.
(c) Elohino-iya.
(d) Olohamora.

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

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

7. In regards to time, how should the play be performed?
(a) Slowly.
(b) Without interval.
(c) Following the Yoruban time schedule.
(d) Large breaks between scenes.

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

9. Which dance do Jane and Pilkings dance to in the second scene of the play?
(a) Waltz.
(b) Charleston.
(c) Tango.
(d) Jig.

10. Who do the Pilkings speak to for more insight to Amusa's report in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Joseph.
(b) Iyaloja.
(c) Elesin.
(d) Olunde.

11. How many years has Olunde been in school thus far, as stated within the conversation in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) One.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

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

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

14. What does Elesin claim his response will NOT be when death comes for him?
(a) "Not I".
(b) "Please do not take me".
(c) "Not me".
(d) "I".

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The praise singer can be seen as a symbol of ________________.

2. What does "Oba" mean?

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

4. Which of the following is NOT included in things that Elesin loves, as described in the first scene of the play?

5. The characters in the play are _________________.

(see the answer keys)

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