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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the object that distracts Elesin offstage in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play?
(a) Wine.
(b) Rich food.
(c) Fine cloth.
(d) A beautiful woman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. In Yoruban culture, which character must lead the king throughout the afterlife?
(a) A praise-singer.
(b) His bride.
(c) His servant.
(d) His horseman.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During what major event did Soyinka decide to set her play around?

3. In whose home does the second scene take place?

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

5. Where do the women of the market claim that the "official business" is happening?

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