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. Which other nationality has also done an adaptation of this play by medium of film, as explained in the author's note?

2. At what type of school is Olunde studying?

3. According to the praise-singer, what must happen for the fowl to know his true friends?

4. How does Amusa give his report to Officer Pilkings?

5. Which dance do Jane and Pilkings dance to in the second scene of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does seeing Elesin alive mean to Olunde?

3. What does Amusa's note say in the dance of Act 1, Scene 4? Why does Amusa write the note?

4. How are Pilkings and Elesin alike?

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

6. What is it that moves Pilkings out to stop Elesin's death ritual?

7. Why is Elesin annoyed in the opening scenes of the play?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each culture [British and Yoruban] holds varying views on death and death's meaning. How does each culture's view of death differ? Why might these differences cause conflict or confrontation between the two cultures?

Essay Topic 2

How does self-sacrifice relate to this story? What can be inferred about the views on self-sacrifice between the two cultures?

Essay Topic 3

The role of women within the story is very muted, except for Iyaloja, who plays a critical role in the play as the voice of reason. What does the play suggest about the women's roles in each culture? How does Iyaloja's role deviate from the typical social construct of the time?

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