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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. Who is Welldon?

2. Who is "The Dog" that Oroonoko refers to at the beginning of Act II, Scene II?

3. Where have Lucy and Welldon moved to?

4. Why does the Lieutenant Governor summon Blanford and Oroonoko in Act II, Scene II?

5. Who says the following line: "So, Mrs. Lackitt, your Widowhood is waning apace?" in Act I, Scene I?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act I, Scene I, who is disguised as a man and why?

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

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

4. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

5. Describe the Captain's character in Act I, Scene II.

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

7. How is Widow Lackitt's interest in Welldon shown (list 5 examples) and what does it foreshadow?

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

9. What line tells us of Welldon's feelings towards Mrs. Lackitt and in regards to what in Act I, Scene I?

10. What is an allusion and what allusion is made in Act I, Scene II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom is an important theme in the play. Discuss what freedom and liberty means and how it is expressed in the play. What is being said about freedom? How do the characters view freedom? Do they want to be free, especially the slaves? If so, how do they go about achieving freedom?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

There are many elements in literature, and two that are used in the play are allusions and irony. Discuss what allusions are and cite some examples from the play. What is being alluded to and how do you know? Is it an effective allusion? Discuss what irony means and the three types of irony. Then cite three examples of irony, labeling each example with the type of irony. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

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