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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. The author's note primarily serves to inform all except which of the following?
(a) Producers.
(b) Directors.
(c) Readers.
(d) Writers.

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

6. The characters in the play are _________________.
(a) Based on Yoruban heros.
(b) Soyinka's creations.
(c) Historical characters.
(d) Metaphorical.

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

8. The British had several Yoruban religious practices ______________.
(a) Under contract.
(b) Outlawed.
(c) Convicted.
(d) Within the city limits.

9. What is proof of the new bride's virginity?
(a) The bridal tent.
(b) A ring.
(c) White flowers.
(d) Velvet cloth.

10. Oyo is a _______________.
(a) Kingdom.
(b) City.
(c) Character.
(d) Religion.

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

12. Which of the following does NOT accurately describe Elesin's character?
(a) Selfish.
(b) Committed.
(c) Charismatic.
(d) Charming.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many kingdoms are the Yoruba divided into?

3. Who do the Pilkings speak to for more insight to Amusa's report in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. How does Elesin feel regarding Pilkings helping Olunde go to school?

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

(see the answer keys)

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