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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. How did the captain capture Oroonoko to be a slave?

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

3. Who offers himself to Mrs. Lackitt in Act I, Scene II?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

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

Every story must have a protagonist. This play has two protagonists because it has two story-lines. Choose one of the two protagonists from below and discuss his/her character. How is this character considered a protagonist? What is the character's personality like? What relationships does the character have with others? What are the character's good points? What are the flaws? Analyze as much as possible. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

1) Oroonoko

2) Welldon

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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