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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 does Joseph hear in Act 1, Scene 2 that confuses him?
(a) Singing.
(b) Crying.
(c) Strange instrumentation.
(d) Drumming.

2. How does Elesin feel regarding Pilkings helping Olunde go to school?
(a) Happy.
(b) Angry.
(c) Sad.
(d) Pleased.

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

4. According to Soyinka, what first needs to exist before there can be a clash between two cultures?
(a) War.
(b) Similarity.
(c) Power struggle.
(d) Equality.

5. "Death and the King's Horseman" is a story of ____________________ rather than British colonization.
(a) Human sacrifice.
(b) The love of life.
(c) Human weakness.
(d) A cultural clash.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the women of the market claim took Olunde away?

2. At what type of school is Olunde studying?

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

4. Whom does Soyinka blame for the tragedy of the story?

5. Jane influences Pilkings through ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are Jane and Pilkings doing as Act 1, Scene 2 opens and the two are introduced? What are they wearing?

6. How does Elesin react to Olunde's death?

7. What is it that moves Pilkings out to stop Elesin's death ritual?

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

9. Which agenda seems the most important to Pilkings in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

(see the answer keys)

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