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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 is it that Elesin craves before his death?
(a) Fine wine.
(b) A prostitute.
(c) A bed of roses.
(d) Finer cloth.

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

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

4. In what way is Amusa related to Elesin?
(a) They are friends.
(b) They are cousins.
(c) He is not.
(d) They are brothers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. .The praise-singer could also be seen as _______________.

2. What is the object that distracts Elesin offstage in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play?

3. What does Elesin do in response to the praise-singer's warnings?

4. What does Elesin claim his response will NOT be when death comes for him?

5. The British had several Yoruban religious practices ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elesin become aware that it is time for his own death?

2. Explain and identify the background of Soyinka's story.

3. 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?

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

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

6. Why is Elesin annoyed in the opening scenes of the play?

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

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

9. Describe Elesin Oba's character, as presented by Soyinka.

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

(see the answer keys)

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