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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A parallel can be seen between Pilkings and which other character in the play?
(a) Amusa.
(b) Elesin.
(c) The Prince.
(d) Olunde.

2. 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.

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

4. How does Amusa give his report to Officer Pilkings?
(a) He sends it in code.
(b) He sends another sergeant.
(c) He tells him.
(d) He writes it.

5. What event is Pilkings excited about attending?
(a) A dance.
(b) A masque.
(c) An induction ceremony.
(d) A dinner party.

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

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

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

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

10. What does Iyaloja focus on with Elesin's request for a young wife?
(a) The young woman's approval.
(b) Her own failed marriage.
(c) A baby.
(d) The wedding night.

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

12. Where do the women of the market claim that the "official business" is happening?
(a) At the palace.
(b) The bridal tent.
(c) The market.
(d) At the ball.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In regards to time, how should the play be performed?

2. Jane influences Pilkings through ____________.

3. What does Elesin claim is the center of his life?

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

5. At which setting does the play open?

(see the answer keys)

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