Death and the King's Horsemen Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many shells are there to the soul of a man?

2. Olunde does not _______________ Elesin when he sees him.

3. What phrase does Elesin use repeatedly to describe Pilkings?

4. The music and dance in the British world is ruled by status and _________.

5. Which century of dress are the Europeans wearing at the ball, as explained in Act 1, Scene 4?

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

Soyinka clearly had many purposes for introducing this play to the world. This can especially be seen within the author's note. Given the author's note, what do you believe were Soyinka's intentions for introducing this story to Western society?

Essay Topic 3

How does Elesin's love of the Marketplace work to symbolize his love and appreciation for life? Explain using in-text citations.

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