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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) A cultural clash.
(b) Human sacrifice.
(c) The love of life.
(d) Human weakness.

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

3. At what type of school is Olunde studying?
(a) Law.
(b) Education.
(c) Engineering.
(d) Medical.

4. What does "Oba" mean?
(a) King.
(b) Prince.
(c) Chosen one.
(d) Servant.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Elesin want by his side at his death?

2. How many kingdoms are the Yoruba divided into?

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

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

5. What is the name of Soyinka's novel as stated in the author's note?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Elesin doing when Amusa comes to arrest him?

8. How is foreshadowing present in the opening scene of the play?

9. What will happen to the king if Elesin fails to make the transition?

10. How does Elesin Oba represent the universe in the eyes of the Yoruban people?

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