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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. Who offers himself to Mrs. Lackitt in Act I, Scene II?

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

3. Who is Imoinda?

4. What relationship are Lucy and Welldon pretending to have in the first scene of the play?

5. With whom is the governor in love with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. For what purpose has the governor sent Stanmore to summon Blanford and Oroonoko?

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

7. Describe Daniel's character.

8. Describe the interaction and relationship between the governor and his mistress at the beginning of Act II, Scene III.

9. In Act II, Scene I how does Welldon put Widow Lackitt off marrying him?

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

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 3

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.

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