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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. Why does Lucy exit in Act I, Scene I?

2. Who is the third character to make an appearance in Act I, Scene I?

3. Who is Imoinda?

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

5. Whom do we learn owns several plantations in Act I, Scene I?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the Captain's character in Act I, Scene II.

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

10. In Act I, Scene I, who is disguised as a man and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plays have been written as far back as ancient Greek times and Aristotle, as an ancient Greek philosopher left the world with his rulings on the six dramatic elements. Discuss Aristotle's six dramatic elements then choose one to analyze in regards to the play: 1) Plot/Action 2) Character 3) Ideas/Themes 4) Language 5) Music 6) Spectacle. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Trickery and betrayal are two intermingling themes that are seen in the play. Discuss what each means and how it is expressed in the novel. Who is tricked and by whom? Who is betrayed and by whom? What do we learn about the characters and the relationships between them based on the trickery and betrayal? 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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