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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 Welldon say to the widow's first suggestion of a husband for Lucy?

2. What is Daniel's response when Lucy asks him "Well, how do you like me now?" in Act II, Scene I?

3. Who says Oroonoko will be treated nobly?

4. Who is the first speaker in Act I, Scene II?

5. Who is Daniel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are several key female characters in the play Oroonoko and through them, we can get an understanding of the lifestyle and treatment of women in those times. Choose one of the following topics below in regards to women:

1) Discuss how women were treated and viewed during the time period of the play's setting. How is the treatment of women shown in the play through the female characters? Is it an accurate depiction? What were Southerne's viewpoints?

2) Discuss how Aphra Behn was considered a feminist of her time and how her feminist views have been portrayed in not only her novella but in Southerne's play.

3) One major change in the play adaption of the novel is the change in race of Imoinda. Discuss this change and what it means in relationship to women and race.

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

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

It is often said that the greatest story is a love story. The play is not without the elements of a romance. Discuss what are the elements of a romance or love story and how they are portrayed in the play. Which characters are involved and with who? Is it a comedic love or tragic? What is the message about love? 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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