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

2. Finish the quotation by Elesin Oba from Act 1, Scene 1. "This market is my roost. When I come among the women I am a(n) ____________ with a hundred mothers."
(a) Rooster.
(b) Cockerel.
(c) Chicken.
(d) Man.

3. Where was the author educated?
(a) Africa.
(b) Ireland.
(c) England.
(d) France.

4. Finish the sentence. The British involvement in this story is ______________.
(a) Incidental.
(b) Problematic.
(c) Contradictory.
(d) Destructive.

5. According to the praise-singer, what must happen for the fowl to know his true friends?
(a) The shedding of the tail.
(b) When the women cover him in damask.
(c) The cockerel hides its feathers.
(d) Wind blows cold from behind.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 1, Scene 2, Jane discusses how calling holy water "nonsense" would offend whom?

2. What does Elesin claim is the center of his life?

3. The praise-singer warns Elesin about being spoiled by what, at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1?

4. Elesin's love and appreciation for life is ________________ for his community.

5. Soyinka's story is based upon ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the term, "my mother", in African culture?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the job of the praise-singer?

7. Why is Joseph confused by the drumming?

8. Why does Soyinka claim (in the author's note) that the play is not a clash between two cultures (Yoruban and British)?

9. What are Elesin's last requests before his death?

10. Why do the British attempt to come between death and the king's horseman?

(see the answer keys)

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