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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. "Death and the King's Horseman" is a story of ____________________ rather than British colonization.
(a) Human sacrifice.
(b) A cultural clash.
(c) The love of life.
(d) Human weakness.

3. What drives the action in the Yoruban world?
(a) The gods.
(b) The king.
(c) Elesin Oba.
(d) Music.

4. Iyaloja works to enforce what is good for __________.
(a) Everyone.
(b) Her family.
(c) Women only.
(d) Elesin.

5. Who is responsible if the Yoruban world were to fall off course?
(a) The King's Horseman.
(b) The British.
(c) The praise-singer.
(d) The mother of the market.

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

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

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

9. Which of the following characters is NOT introduced in the first scene of the play?
(a) Iyaloja.
(b) Amusa.
(c) Elesin.
(d) Olohun-iyo.

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

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

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

13. The masks in Act 1, Scene 2, signify what?
(a) Death.
(b) Fear.
(c) The underworld.
(d) Life.

14. What does Pilkings believe Elesin's duty to be?
(a) Sinful.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Dangerous.
(d) Ritual murder.

15. To whom is Elesin's new bride betrothed?
(a) Iyaloja's brother.
(b) Elesin.
(c) Iyaloja's son.
(d) Olunde.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the praise-singer, what must happen for the fowl to know his true friends?

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

3. In which country did the original story take place?

4. Where is most of the play set?

5. Which literary medium does Soyinka's work fall under?

(see the answer keys)

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