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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. In Act II Scene II, who is the first speaker?

2. What does the widow tell the captain that she wants?

3. Who says: "My heart drops blood for him" in Act I, Scene II?

4. Where is Lucy and Welldon's original home?

5. What does Welldon say he promised Lucy's dying father in Act II, Scene I to Widow Lackitt?

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. In Act I, Scene I, what does Stanmore offer to Welldon and why?

4. 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?

5. Describe the interaction between Lucy and Daniel, and Daniel's attitude towards marrying her.

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

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

8. How does Blanford defend Clemene? What does this show us about him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every story must have an antagonist. This play has a few antagonists because there are a few characters who are against the main protagonist, Oroonoko. Discuss what makes a character an antagonist and analyze how each character below can be considered an antagonist. 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. Then determine which character is the main antagonist. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

1) Captain

2) Governor

3) Oroonoko's father

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used in the play. Discuss the meaning of foreshadowing and cite at least three examples of foreshadowing. What is being foreshadowed and how do you know? 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

Discuss Thomas Southerne as the writer of the play. Who was he and why did he decide to turn Behn's novella into a play? What were his motivations and goals in writing the play? What else did he write? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

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