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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. With whom is the governor in love with?

2. How does Welldon say he could cheat the widow?

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

4. What is Oroonoko's status?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Oroonoko say that Imoinda has made him a coward?

2. How do Blanford and the others find Oroonoko in Act V, Scene III and what do they tell him? Does Oroonoko trust them?

3. How is the dispute between Daniel and Lucy resolved in Act V?

4. What does Aboan caution Oroonoko in Scene II, Act III and what does he fear has happened to Oroonoko?

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

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

7. What is Aboan's most convincing argument which finally gets Oroonoko to join his plans of revolt?

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

9. What is the lesson behind the captain's death and did we know it was coming?

10. How might Act III be considered the climax of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are six elements to the plot of a play. Discuss what these six elements are and how Oroonoko follows these elements. 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

Plays have been written as far back as ancient Greek times and Aristotle, as an ancient Greek philosopher left the world with his rulings on the six dramatic elements. Discuss Aristotle's six dramatic elements then choose one to analyze in regards to the play: 1) Plot/Action 2) Character 3) Ideas/Themes 4) Language 5) Music 6) Spectacle. 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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