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

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

3. What does Pilkings believe Elesin's duty to be?

4. Where does Pilkings instruct Amusa to lock Elesin up in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Where do the women of the market claim that the "official business" is happening?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which agenda seems the most important to Pilkings in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Where does Elesin choose to make his transition? Why does he choose this place?

3. In Act 1, Scene 5, Olunde sends a note to Jane. Why?

4. How does Elesin Oba represent the universe in the eyes of the Yoruban people?

5. Why does Olunde return to the Yoruba people in Act 1, Scene 4?

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

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

8. Why does Amusa fail in arresting Elesin?

9. 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?

10. Olunde is inspired by an English captain. Why?

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

How does Elesin Oba rationalize marrying the young girl to the women of the Market? Why does Iyaloja specifically believe marriage is a bad idea for Elesin, considering the journey he must make?

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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