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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 does Blanford vow to do?

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

3. Whom does this line refer to: "Sir, You're a scurvy Fellow to talk at this rate to me" in Act I, Scene II?

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

5. What does the line "poor Women be thought decaying and unfit/for the Town at One or Two and twenty" in Act I, Scene I mean exactly?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the end of Act IV, Scene II?

2. How might Act III be considered the climax of the play?

3. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

4. What is Aboan's most convincing argument which finally gets Oroonoko to join his plans of revolt?

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

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

7. What does Widow Lackitt give to Welldon in Act IV, Scene I and why? What does Welldon plan to do with this?

8. What does Aboan caution Oroonoko in Scene II, Act III and what does he fear has happened to Oroonoko?

9. What is Mrs. Lackitt's reaction to Charlotte's true identity?

10. What is the reaction to the suggestion to hang Oroonoko in Act V?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Although Thomas Southerne wrote the play, Oroonoko, A Tragedy, the true creator of Oroonoko is the author, Aphra Behn. What was Behn's life like? What were her views? Why did she become a writer? What did she write? What were her inspirations for writing Oroonoko? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

Essay Topic 3

There are several key female characters in the play Oroonoko and through them, we can get an understanding of the lifestyle and treatment of women in those times. Choose one of the following topics below in regards to women:

1) Discuss how women were treated and viewed during the time period of the play's setting. How is the treatment of women shown in the play through the female characters? Is it an accurate depiction? What were Southerne's viewpoints?

2) Discuss how Aphra Behn was considered a feminist of her time and how her feminist views have been portrayed in not only her novella but in Southerne's play.

3) One major change in the play adaption of the novel is the change in race of Imoinda. Discuss this change and what it means in relationship to women and race.

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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