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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. During what major event did Soyinka decide to set her play around?
(a) During the U.S. occupancy of the Philippines.
(b) The assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
(c) World War I.
(d) World War II.

2. What do the women of the market gain possession of in their fight with the British officers?
(a) Hats.
(b) Batons.
(c) Money.
(d) Weapons.

3. The author states that this story illustrates a ____________________ between two cultures.
(a) Coming together.
(b) Misunderstanding.
(c) Clash.
(d) Confrontation.

4. At which setting does the play open?
(a) The British camp.
(b) The palace.
(c) The marketplace.
(d) The river.

5. In Act 1, Scene 1, Elesin and the praise-singer have a discussion where Elesin compares him to a jealous _______.
(a) Man.
(b) Officer.
(c) Girl.
(d) Wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which dance do Jane and Pilkings dance to in the second scene of the play?

2. What is another name for the praise-singer?

3. What does Pilkings believe Elesin's duty to be?

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

5. Where was the author educated?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whom does Elesin initially blame for his failure to transition? Why?

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

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

5. What are the fears that rule Amusa's character? Which of the two is greater?

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

7. 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?

8. Explain the differences in the actual incident in Nigeria and the story that Soyinka sets, in "Death and the King's Horseman".

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

10. How are Pilkings and Elesin alike?

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