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. In which color is the one who makes the transition dressed, as can be seen in the last scene of the play?

2. Who do the women of the market mockingly claim built the road that runs through it in Act 1, Scene 3?

3. How long do pre-burial ceremonies last in the Yoruban world?

4. Where will the ball be taking place?

5. What is the Yoruban word for a rich, woven cloth?

Essay 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

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

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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