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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. 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.

2. Which dance do Jane and Pilkings dance to in the second scene of the play?
(a) Charleston.
(b) Waltz.
(c) Jig.
(d) Tango.

3. 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".

4. Jane influences Pilkings through ____________.
(a) Intuition.
(b) Flattery.
(c) Instruction.
(d) Fear.

5. Whom does Soyinka blame for the tragedy of the story?
(a) Elesin Oba.
(b) Iyaloja.
(c) The French.
(d) The British.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what style is the dialogue of the play written?

3. What phrase do Elesin and the praise-singer use to describe the afterlife?

4. How many years has Olunde been in school thus far, as stated within the conversation in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. What does Elesin claim is the center of his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference in music and dance in both societies? How can it be seen in the play?

2. How does Elesin kill himself?

3. What are Elesin's last requests before his death?

4. Describe Elesin's reaction when Jane attempts to plead with him in the last scene of the play.

5. In Act 1, Scene 1 the praise-singer talks to Elesin about how the Yoruban people have not betrayed their culture, even in the midst of the British occupation. What does the praise-singer claim is the only way the Yoruban people will fail?

6. What is the conflict with the bride Elesin chooses in the first scene of the play?

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

8. What information is given about the Yoruba in the author's note?

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

10. Why does Olunde return to the Yoruba people in Act 1, Scene 4?

(see the answer keys)

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