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 character acts as the voice of reason throughout the play?

2. In whose home does the second scene take place?

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

4. Where was the author educated?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Pilkings and Elesin alike?

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

3. Who is Iyaloja and what is her role?

4. How does Elesin kill himself?

5. Why does Soyinka claim (in the author's note) that the play is not a clash between two cultures (Yoruban and British)?

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

7. How is the scene with Amusa in the market a sign that the British assimilation has failed?

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

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

10. Describe Elesin Oba's character, as presented by Soyinka.

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 do the roles of individualism and altruism work in opposition of one another throughout the play? Explain your reasoning using in-text citations.

Essay Topic 3

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

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