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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 leads a successful attack against the invaders at the end of the entertainment in Act II, Scene III?

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

3. What relationship are Lucy and Welldon pretending to have in the first scene of the play?

4. In Act II Scene II, who is the first speaker?

5. Who is Welldon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. How does Blanford defend Clemene? What does this show us about him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Slavery is a main aspect in both the play and the novella. What issues of slavery are brought up in each version? What statement is being made by each author? How do you know? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the play with the novella. Discuss the history behind each piece, the themes, how each one was received by the public and its popularity and how each was interpreted. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

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