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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 does Blanford vow to help Oroonoko do at the beginning of Act II, Scene II?

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

3. What is Oroonoko's status?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

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

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

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

7. In Act II, Scene I how does Welldon put Widow Lackitt off marrying him?

8. In Act I, Scene II, what is Widow Lackitt complaining of, to whom, and why?

9. What do we learn about Oroonoko's past in Act II, Scene II?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Thomas Southerne wrote the play, Oroonoko, A Tragedy, the true creator of Oroonoko is the author, Aphra Behn. What was Behn's life like? What were her views? Why did she become a writer? What did she write? What were her inspirations for writing Oroonoko? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

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

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.

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