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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. Whom do we learn is interested in marrying the widow near the end of Act I, Scene I?

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

3. Who speaks the lines: "Captain, I'm afraid the world won't speak so honourably of this action of yours, as you wou'd have 'em" in Act I, Scene II?

4. Who says: "...but I won't lose her so" at the end of Act II, Scene III?

5. Who got rid of Oroonoko's wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

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

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

Every story must have a protagonist. This play has two protagonists because it has two story-lines. Choose one of the two protagonists from below and discuss his/her character. How is this character considered a protagonist? 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. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

1) Oroonoko

2) Welldon

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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