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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 setting of the beginning of Act II, Scene III?

2. Who stands and stares at Oroonoko in Act I, Scene II?

3. Where is Lucy and Welldon's original home?

4. Whom does the widow first suggest that Lucy marry?

5. Who is Imoinda?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Blanford try to assure Oroonoko of in Act II, Scene II?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many elements in literature, and two that are used in the play are allusions and irony. Discuss what allusions are and cite some examples from the play. What is being alluded to and how do you know? Is it an effective allusion? Discuss what irony means and the three types of irony. Then cite three examples of irony, labeling each example with the type of irony. 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

Discuss Thomas Southerne as the writer of the play. Who was he and why did he decide to turn Behn's novella into a play? What were his motivations and goals in writing the play? What else did he write? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

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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