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

2. What does Daniel make his mother promise near the end of Act II, Scene I?

3. What does Blanford vow to do?

4. Who says: "...but I won't lose her so" at the end of Act II, Scene III?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. At the beginning of Act I, Scene II, what are the Governor and Blanford discussing and what might this foreshadow?

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

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

6. After the reunion of Oroonoko and Imoinda, what does the governor comment and what does this comment foreshadow?

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

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

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

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

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 2

Trickery and betrayal are two intermingling themes that are seen in the play. Discuss what each means and how it is expressed in the novel. Who is tricked and by whom? Who is betrayed and by whom? What do we learn about the characters and the relationships between them based on the trickery and betrayal? 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

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.

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