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. Which type of bird must serve the offering once the death ritual is complete?

2. According to Olunde, the English do not _______________ what they don't understand.

3. According to Elesin Oba, he is the master of what?

4. What will ride at the feet of the king's horse in the afterlife?

5. For Olunde and the Yoruban people, seeing Elesin alive means that they are seeing the _____________ of the Yoruban world.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fear plays a large part in the motivation of the actions of several people within the play. How does fear motivate the actions of characters within the play? Which characters are motivated by fear?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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