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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

One thing Oroonoko, the play, does well is emphasize scenes of pathos. Discuss what the term 'pathos' means and how it is emphasized in the play. 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

Relationships between characters are very important, especially in a play. Choose two characters' relationship to discuss and analyze from the list below. What is the relationship between the two characters? How did they meet? How do they interact? What happens to them in the end? What do we learn about the individual characters based on their relationship with each other? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

1) Welldon and Mrs. Lackitt

2) Oroonoko and Blanford

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