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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do the women of the market threaten to remove from Amusa if he refuses to leave?
(a) His hat.
(b) His coat.
(c) His pants.
(d) His knickers.

3. What phrase do Elesin and the praise-singer use to describe the afterlife?
(a) The underworld.
(b) The other world.
(c) Heaven.
(d) The other side.

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

5. Which word best describes Jane's feelings toward the Yoruban traditions and customs, according to the text?
(a) Interested.
(b) Disappointed.
(c) Horrified.
(d) Unhappy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. According to Soyinka, what first needs to exist before there can be a clash between two cultures?
(a) Equality.
(b) Similarity.
(c) Power struggle.
(d) War.

Short Answer Questions

1. Elesin refers to the market place as his home of _____________.

2. "Death and the King's Horseman" is a story of ____________________ rather than British colonization.

3. What is Elesin doing when he realizes that his last day is almost over?

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

5. What is the author's ethnic background?

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