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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. In Act 1, Scene 2, Jane discusses how calling holy water "nonsense" would offend whom?
(a) Elesin.
(b) Amusa.
(c) A Muslim.
(d) A Roman Catholic.

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

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

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

5. Which word best describes Iyaloja's feelings upon hearing that Elesin wishes to take a bride, according to the text?
(a) Grieved.
(b) Pleased.
(c) Upset.
(d) Angry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is most of the play set?

2. How does Elesin feel regarding Pilkings helping Olunde go to school?

3. What is it that Elesin craves before his death?

4. Iyaloja works to enforce what is good for __________.

5. What type of device plays the music in the Pilkings' home in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Olunde tell Pilkings about stopping the death of his father, Elesin?

2. How is foreshadowing present in the opening scene of the play?

3. Why does Pilkings believe that Elesin is upset while he is locked in the cellar in Act 1, Scene 5?

4. What does Elesin confess when Pilkings leaves his cell in Act 1, Scene 5? To whom does he confess this?

5. Describe Elesin's reaction when Jane attempts to plead with him in the last scene of the play.

6. 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?

7. What is the difference in music and dance in both societies? How can it be seen in the play?

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

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

10. Why does Amusa refuse to speak directly to Pilkings during their encounter in Act 1, Scene 2?

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