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. In whose home does the second scene take place?

2. In what way is Amusa related to Elesin?

3. What is another name for the praise-singer?

4. How many kingdoms are the Yoruba divided into?

5. .The praise-singer could also be seen as _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joseph say when questioned about Elesin's death?

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

3. Soyinka mentions Pilkings in his author's note. What is important to understand about Pilkings' character, according to Soyinka?

4. How do the Yoruban people maintain their link to the king?

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

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

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

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

9. Explain what happens when Elesin emerges from the bridal tent.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Fear plays a large part in the motivation of the actions of several people within the play. How does fear motivate the actions of characters within the play? Which characters are motivated by fear?

Essay Topic 2

How does Elesin explain his failure to complete his transition? How do God and intervention relate to one another in this respect?

Essay Topic 3

How does the idea of cultural relativism play an important role in understanding and interpreting the play?

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