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 his response will NOT be when death comes for him?

2. What type of device plays the music in the Pilkings' home in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. Iyaloja works to enforce what is good for __________.

4. Whom does Elesin want by his side at his death?

5. Which of the following actions is NOT being performed at the beginning of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are Elesin's last requests before his death?

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

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

6. How are Pilkings and Elesin alike?

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

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

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

10. What does seeing Elesin alive mean to Olunde?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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