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

2. What type of device plays the music in the Pilkings' home in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Harpsicord.
(b) Radio.
(c) Gramophone.
(d) Piano.

3. The masks in Act 1, Scene 2, signify what?
(a) Death.
(b) The underworld.
(c) Life.
(d) Fear.

4. The British had several Yoruban religious practices ______________.
(a) Under contract.
(b) Within the city limits.
(c) Outlawed.
(d) Convicted.

5. Which of the following is NOT included in things that Elesin loves, as described in the first scene of the play?
(a) Women.
(b) Fine cloth.
(c) Red wine.
(d) Rich food.

Short Answer Questions

1. The praise singer can be seen as a symbol of ________________.

2. In which year did the actual occurrence described in the play take place?

3. The messenger should be denied _______ he asks for.

4. Jane influences Pilkings through ____________.

5. The author's note primarily serves to inform all except which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does seeing Elesin alive mean to Olunde?

2. What does Amusa's note say in the dance of Act 1, Scene 4? Why does Amusa write the note?

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

4. What does Joseph's confusion of the drums symbolize in regard to Elesin's situation?

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

6. Explain the opening scene of Act 1, Scene 1. What do you find out about Elesin Oba?

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

8. What is the job of the praise-singer?

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

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

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