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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Finish the quotation by Elesin Oba from Act 1, Scene 1. "This market is my roost. When I come among the women I am a(n) ____________ with a hundred mothers."
(a) Man.
(b) Cockerel.
(c) Chicken.
(d) Rooster.

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

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

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

10. 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".

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

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

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

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

15. In which year did the actual occurrence described in the play take place?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1943.
(c) 1945.
(d) 1946.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many deaths occur within the story?

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

3. What does Pilkings believe Elesin's duty to be?

4. What type of device plays the music in the Pilkings' home in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Which character is portrayed as understanding throughout the play?

(see the answer keys)

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