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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 the true identity of the governor's mistress?

2. What is the widow's second suggestion for a husband for Lucy?

3. What is Lucy's reaction to marriage with the Captain?

4. What does Blanford understand about Oroonoko in the beginning of Act II, Scene II?

5. What story does Oroonoko relate to Blanford in Act II, Scene II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What line tells us of Welldon's feelings towards Mrs. Lackitt and in regards to what in Act I, Scene I?

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

5. For what purpose has the governor sent Stanmore to summon Blanford and Oroonoko?

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

7. Why does Oroonoko tell Blanford he is unhappy?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

It is often said that the greatest story is a love story. The play is not without the elements of a romance. Discuss what are the elements of a romance or love story and how they are portrayed in the play. Which characters are involved and with who? Is it a comedic love or tragic? What is the message about love? 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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