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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. What is Daniel afraid of, regarding Lucy, near the end of Act II, Scene I?

2. What does the line "I shou'd like mightily to be call'd Mrs. Welldon" foreshadow in Act I, Scene I?

3. Whom does this line refer to: "Sir, You're a scurvy Fellow to talk at this rate to me" in Act I, Scene II?

4. To whom is the line "My heart drops blood for him" referring in Act I, Scene II?

5. What does Blanford assure Oroonoko about the Governor at the beginning of Act II, Scene II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where are the two sisters living and how is this an advantage for them?

2. Take the following line: "Were not you an ill-natur'd thing to boggle at a Promise? I cou'd break twenty for you" in Act II, Scene I. Who is speaking and to whom? What is it in reference to and what do these words tell us about the speaker?

3. What do we understand of the relationship between Jack Stanmore and Widow Lackitt in Act I, Scene II?

4. Describe the interaction and relationship between the governor and his mistress at the beginning of Act II, Scene III.

5. Oroonoko says: "Give me a Sword and I'll deserve your trust" in Act II, Scene III. How does he support his statement?

6. For what purpose has the governor sent Stanmore to summon Blanford and Oroonoko?

7. What does Blanford try to assure Oroonoko of in Act II, Scene II?

8. Describe the interaction between Lucy and Daniel, and Daniel's attitude towards marrying her.

9. Who speaks the line "hear you, but I can believe no more" in Act I, Scene II. What does it mean?

10. Why did Lucy and Welldon leave London and come to Surinam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Secondary characters are essential to any story. Choose two of the characters, one from each group below to analyze and discuss. What is a secondary character and how is this character considered one? What is the character's personality? What relationships does the character have with others? What are the character's good points? What are the flaws? How does this character assist the plot? What relationship does this character have with the protagonist? What relationship does this character have with the antagonist? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Group A

1) Lucy

2) Mrs. Lackitt

3) Stanmore

Group B

4) Blanford

5) Aboan

6) Hottman

Essay Topic 2

One thing Oroonoko, the play, does well is emphasize scenes of pathos. Discuss what the term 'pathos' means and how it is emphasized in the play. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

It can be said that Oroonoko the play has many similarities to certain plays of Shakespeare. Discuss, analyze, and compare in what ways Oroonoko is similar to Shakespeare plays. Was this intentional on the part of Southerne? Why or why not? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Plays to compare Oroonoko to:

1) Romeo and Juliet

2) Othello

3) Twelfth Night

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