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

2. .The praise-singer could also be seen as _______________.
(a) Elesin's best friend.
(b) A god.
(c) Elesin's conscience.
(d) Elesin's soul.

3. 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.

4. What does Elesin claim is the center of his life?
(a) The market.
(b) His new wife.
(c) The palace.
(d) Olunde.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is proof of the new bride's virginity?

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

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, Jane discusses how calling holy water "nonsense" would offend whom?

4. In Yoruban culture, which character must lead the king throughout the afterlife?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Amusa and what is his role?

2. What is the "real" theme of the play, as stated by Soyinka in the author's note?

3. Explain what happens when Elesin emerges from the bridal tent.

4. Who is Iyaloja and what is her role?

5. How do the Yoruban people maintain their link to the king?

6. How does Olunde react when he sees Jane in the ancestral mask?

7. Where does Elesin choose to make his transition? Why does he choose this place?

8. Why does Soyinka claim (in the author's note) that the play is not a clash between two cultures (Yoruban and British)?

9. Why is Joseph confused by the drumming?

10. Why is it ironic that Jane cares so much about Elesin's death?

(see the answer keys)

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