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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 Lucy's reaction to marriage with the Captain?

2. Where is Lucy and Welldon's original home?

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

4. What does Blanford assure Oroonoko about the Governor at the beginning of Act II, Scene II?

5. How does Welldon say he could cheat the widow?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where are the two sisters living and how is this an advantage for them?

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

4. After the reunion of Oroonoko and Imoinda, what does the governor comment and what does this comment foreshadow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the play with the novella. Discuss the history behind each piece, the themes, how each one was received by the public and its popularity and how each was interpreted. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

Essay Topic 3

One main theme of Oroonoko, the play, is the feeling of compassion. Discuss how compassion is expressed in the play and by which characters. What is being said about compassion? What are the characters feeling compassionate about? How is it considered a theme? 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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