Death and the King's Horsemen Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who do the Pilkings speak to for more insight to Amusa's report in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What does Elesin do in response to the praise-singer's warnings?

3. The British had several Yoruban religious practices ______________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Amusa fail in arresting Elesin?

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

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

4. What is Elesin doing when Amusa comes to arrest him?

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

6. What does Joseph's confusion of the drums symbolize in regard to Elesin's situation?

7. What is the conflict with the bride Elesin chooses in the first scene of the play?

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

9. How does Elesin react to Olunde's death?

10. What are Olunde's intentions for attending medical school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How might the meaning of the story change, had the author only stated that the British involvement was crucial to the plot?

Essay Topic 2

What significance does the Marketplace hold for the story? What significance does the Marketplace hold for Elesin Oba in particular? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What does morality have to do with the decision making process of Pilkings? Explain your reasoning using in-text citations.

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