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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. Elesin refers to the market place as his home of _____________.
(a) Faith.
(b) Spirit.
(c) Family.
(d) Soul.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character acts as the voice of reason throughout the play?

2. Iyaloja works to enforce what is good for __________.

3. What are Jane and Pilkings wearing at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Who is responsible if the Yoruban world were to fall off course?

5. Where does Elesin wish to make the transition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the scene of the "Not-I" dance.

2. Is Elesin's death useful to the Yoruban people by the end of the story? Why or why not?

3. Iyaloja enters Elesin's cell. Whom does she blame for Elesin's failure, and why?

4. Soyinka mentions Pilkings in his author's note. What is important to understand about Pilkings' character, according to Soyinka?

5. Which agenda seems the most important to Pilkings in Act 1, Scene 2?

6. How is the scene with Amusa in the market a sign that the British assimilation has failed?

7. Why does Amusa refuse to speak directly to Pilkings during their encounter in Act 1, Scene 2?

8. Olunde is inspired by an English captain. Why?

9. Why do the British attempt to come between death and the king's horseman?

10. Why does Olunde decide to take his father's place as the messenger and end his life?

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