Oroonoko: An Authoritative Text, Historical Backgrounds, Criticism Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why do the slaves fall on the ground asking for the governor's forgiveness?

2. How do the slaves view Oroonoko's plan for them in Act III, Scene IV?

3. What does Oroonoko conclude about Hottman in Act III, Scene IV?

4. What does the line "I am afraid You'll find it difficult, and dangerous" refer to in Act III, Scene IV?

5. To whom does Welldon give his jewels and money for safekeeping?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Welldon give Stanmore at the end of Act IV, Scene I, what do they talk about and what is Stanmore's reaction?

2. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

3. In Act IV, what is the situation between Welldon, Jack and Mrs. Lackitt?

4. What does Aboan say that Oroonoko does not understand in Act III Scene II?

5. Why does Oroonoko not initially want to join the slave revolt in Act III Scene II?

6. From what is Welldon rescued at the end of Act III, Scene III and how?

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

8. How does Blanford convince Oroonoko to drop his sword?

9. What is the situation between Daniel and Lucy in Act IV, Scene I?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Secondary characters are essential to any story. Choose two of the characters, one from each group below to analyze and discuss. What is a secondary character and how is this character considered one? What is the character's personality? What relationships does the character have with others? What are the character's good points? What are the flaws? How does this character assist the plot? What relationship does this character have with the protagonist? What relationship does this character have with the antagonist? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Group A

1) Lucy

2) Mrs. Lackitt

3) Stanmore

Group B

4) Blanford

5) Aboan

6) Hottman

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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