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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 content with, regarding Lucy, near the end of Act II, Scene I?

2. What is the setting of Act II, Scene I?

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

4. Who is the governor's mistress?

5. What is Oroonoko's status?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

4. What is an allusion and what allusion is made in Act I, Scene II?

5. Who speaks the line "hear you, but I can believe no more" in Act I, Scene II. What does it mean?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Daniel's character.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are six elements to the plot of a play. Discuss what these six elements are and how Oroonoko follows these elements. 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

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

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.

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