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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 the author's note, Soyinka states that Elesin Oba is the _____________ in the eyes of the Yoruban people.
2. Who do the Pilkings speak to for more insight to Amusa's report in Act 1, Scene 2?
3. In which year did the actual occurrence described in the play take place?
4. At what type of school is Olunde studying?
5. Which word best describes Jane's feelings toward the Yoruban traditions and customs, according to the text?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the fears that rule Amusa's character? Which of the two is greater?
2. Describe Elesin's reaction when Jane attempts to plead with him in the last scene of the play.
3. How does Olunde react when he sees Jane in the ancestral mask?
4. Why does Amusa fail in arresting Elesin?
5. What are Jane and Pilkings doing as Act 1, Scene 2 opens and the two are introduced? What are they wearing?
6. What is the "real" theme of the play, as stated by Soyinka in the author's note?
7. Why is Elesin annoyed in the opening scenes of the play?
8. Which agenda seems the most important to Pilkings in Act 1, Scene 2?
9. How does Elesin react to Olunde's death?
10. How does Elesin kill himself?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The theme of duty is important for the action of the text. Explain Elesin's duty and why failure of that duty would cause the Yoruban universe to spin out of control. Be sure to use in-text citations to support your claims.
Essay Topic 2
Pilkings and Elesin are similar in many more ways than are directly visible to either of them. Explain the similarities that lie between Elesin and Pilkings and postulate as to why Soyinka would have chosen to add that particular element to the story.
Essay Topic 3
The British and the Yoruban people are very different in belief and practice, although some similarities do exist between each of the cultures. What do the similarities add to the story? What does Soyinka hope to do by including such similarities? Explain your reasoning.
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