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. Whose help does Olunde ask for when he hears of Pilkings interference?

2. Where will the ball be taking place?

3. What is a masque, as stated within the text?

4. How old is Elesin Oba by the last scene of the play?

5. Olunde admires the self-sacrificial British soldiers of which war?

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 does morality have to do with the decision making process of Pilkings? Explain your reasoning using in-text citations.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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