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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 the line "poor Women be thought decaying and unfit/for the Town at One or Two and twenty" in Act I, Scene I mean exactly?

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

3. What does Blanford understand about Oroonoko in the beginning of Act II, Scene II?

4. What subject does the widow bring up with Welldon at the beginning of Act II, Scene I?

5. Whom does this line refer to: "Sir, You're a scurvy Fellow to talk at this rate to me" in Act I, Scene II?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Daniel's character.

3. 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?

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

5. What does Blanford try to assure Oroonoko of in Act II, Scene II?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Although Thomas Southerne wrote the play, Oroonoko, A Tragedy, the true creator of Oroonoko is the author, Aphra Behn. What was Behn's life like? What were her views? Why did she become a writer? What did she write? What were her inspirations for writing Oroonoko? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

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