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 Act 1, Scene 2, Jane discusses how calling holy water "nonsense" would offend whom?

3. What does "Oba" mean?

4. How many deaths occur within the story?

5. Which dance do Jane and Pilkings dance to in the second scene of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does seeing Elesin alive mean to Olunde?

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

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

4. Why does Amusa refuse to speak directly to Pilkings during their encounter in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. What is Elesin doing when Amusa comes to arrest him?

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

7. What is the difference in music and dance in both societies? How can it be seen in the play?

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

9. How is foreshadowing present in the opening scene of the play?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What significance does the Marketplace hold for the story? What significance does the Marketplace hold for Elesin Oba in particular? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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