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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. Which of the following does NOT accurately describe Elesin's character?
(a) Charming.
(b) Committed.
(c) Charismatic.
(d) Selfish.

2. What is the object that distracts Elesin offstage in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play?
(a) Wine.
(b) Fine cloth.
(c) A beautiful woman.
(d) Rich food.

3. In regards to time, how should the play be performed?
(a) Slowly.
(b) Without interval.
(c) Large breaks between scenes.
(d) Following the Yoruban time schedule.

4. The author's note primarily serves to inform all except which of the following?
(a) Readers.
(b) Producers.
(c) Directors.
(d) Writers.

5. What are Jane and Pilkings wearing at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Fancy clothes.
(b) Wigs.
(c) Jewelry.
(d) Masks.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In which country did the original story take place?

3. Which genre of literature does Soyinka's work fall under?

4. Which of the following is NOT included in things that Elesin loves, as described in the first scene of the play?

5. Which literary medium does Soyinka's work fall under?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Pilkings' associated with Elesin and his family?

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

3. Why is Joseph confused by the drumming?

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

5. Iyaloja enters Elesin's cell. Whom does she blame for Elesin's failure, and why?

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

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

8. How does Olunde react when he finally sees his father, alive?

9. 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?

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

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