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

2. What does the widow force Daniel to do in Act II, Scene I?

3. How long has Mrs. Lackitt been a widow?

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

5. What is Oroonoko's status?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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).

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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