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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. .The praise-singer could also be seen as _______________.
(a) Elesin's best friend.
(b) Elesin's conscience.
(c) Elesin's soul.
(d) A god.

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

3. To whom is Elesin's new bride betrothed?
(a) Iyaloja's brother.
(b) Iyaloja's son.
(c) Olunde.
(d) Elesin.

4. The praise-singer warns Elesin about being spoiled by what, at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) The British.
(b) Too much food.
(c) Warriors.
(d) Women.

5. Where is most of the play set?
(a) Elesin's palace.
(b) The cellar.
(c) The ball.
(d) The marketplace.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Death and the King's Horseman" is a story of ____________________ rather than British colonization.

2. In whose home does the second scene take place?

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

4. The masks in Act 1, Scene 2, signify what?

5. Which of the following characters is NOT introduced in the first scene of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Elesin choose to make his transition? Why does he choose this place?

3. Does Soyinka believe that the British were responsible for the suicide of Elesin and his son? Why or why not?

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

5. In Act 1, Scene 5, Olunde sends a note to Jane. Why?

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

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 do the Yoruban people maintain their link to the king?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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