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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Pilkings instruct Amusa to lock Elesin up in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) His home.
(b) A restricted cell.
(c) His study.
(d) Jail.

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

3. During what major event did Soyinka decide to set her play around?
(a) World War I.
(b) During the U.S. occupancy of the Philippines.
(c) The assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
(d) World War II.

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

5. What is the author's ethnic background?
(a) South American.
(b) Colombian.
(c) African.
(d) British.

6. At what type of school is Olunde studying?
(a) Education.
(b) Law.
(c) Medical.
(d) Engineering.

7. How many kingdoms are the Yoruba divided into?
(a) 10.
(b) 5.
(c) 6.
(d) Not stated.

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

9. In the author's note, Soyinka states that Elesin Oba is the _____________ in the eyes of the Yoruban people.
(a) Salvation.
(b) King.
(c) Horseman.
(d) Universe.

10. What do the women of the market claim took Olunde away?
(a) The gods.
(b) The ocean.
(c) A ship.
(d) The British.

11. Elesin's love and appreciation for life is ________________ for his community.
(a) Dangerous.
(b) Problematic.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Beneficial.

12. Which character is portrayed as understanding throughout the play?
(a) Iyaloja.
(b) Pilkings.
(c) Amusa.
(d) Jane.

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

14. The praise singer can be seen as a symbol of ________________.
(a) Contempt.
(b) Death.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Privilege.

15. What does "Oba" mean?
(a) King.
(b) Servant.
(c) Chosen one.
(d) Prince.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does NOT accurately describe Elesin's character?

2. Which other nationality has also done an adaptation of this play by medium of film, as explained in the author's note?

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

4. Finish the sentence. The British involvement in this story is ______________.

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

(see the answer keys)

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