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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 is Daniel's response when Lucy asks him "Well, how do you like me now?" in Act II, Scene I?

2. In Act II, Scene III, who comes to attack the plantations near the end of the entertainment?

3. Who got rid of Oroonoko's wife?

4. Who is Imoinda?

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

3. What is the reaction to the suggestion to hang Oroonoko in Act V?

4. What does Widow Lackitt give to Welldon in Act IV, Scene I and why? What does Welldon plan to do with this?

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

6. What does the governor rationalize about Imoinda in Act V, Scene IV and is it truly rational?

7. In Act III, Scene III, what does Welldon suggest he do so that he and Widow Lackitt may get married?

8. What do we learn about Oroonoko's past in Act II, Scene II?

9. What happens to Oroonoko in Act V, Scene V?

10. What does Aboan caution Oroonoko in Scene II, Act III and what does he fear has happened to Oroonoko?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that Oroonoko the play has many similarities to certain plays of Shakespeare. Discuss, analyze, and compare in what ways Oroonoko is similar to Shakespeare plays. Was this intentional on the part of Southerne? Why or why not? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Plays to compare Oroonoko to:

1) Romeo and Juliet

2) Othello

3) Twelfth Night

Essay Topic 2

The play, though having two running story-lines, is for the most part, a tragedy. Discuss the play as a tragedy. What are the elements of a tragedy according to Aristotle? What are the elements of a tragedy according to Shakespeare? How does the play fit in with each set of guidelines? 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

There are many elements in literature, and two that are used in the play are allusions and irony. Discuss what allusions are and cite some examples from the play. What is being alluded to and how do you know? Is it an effective allusion? Discuss what irony means and the three types of irony. Then cite three examples of irony, labeling each example with the type of irony. 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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