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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 is the widow's second suggestion for a husband for Lucy?

2. Whom does the widow first suggest that Lucy marry?

3. Who is the third character to make an appearance in Act I, Scene I?

4. How can Daniel's behavior in Act II, Scene I be described?

5. What does Blanford vow to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

6. Describe Daniel's character.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom is an important theme in the play. Discuss what freedom and liberty means and how it is expressed in the play. What is being said about freedom? How do the characters view freedom? Do they want to be free, especially the slaves? If so, how do they go about achieving freedom?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

One main theme of Oroonoko, the play, is the feeling of compassion. Discuss how compassion is expressed in the play and by which characters. What is being said about compassion? What are the characters feeling compassionate about? How is it considered a theme? 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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