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 does Blanford bring Aboan to Oroonoko?

2. What does one slave ask Oroonoko in the beginning of Act III, Scene IV?

3. To whom is Welldon speaking at the beginning of Act IV?

4. In Act III, Scene I, why does Aboan not want to trust Hottman just yet?

5. Why does Oroonoko stop Aboan from harming Hottman near the end of Act III, Scene IV?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Oroonoko say that Imoinda has made him a coward?

3. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

4. How does Welldon put off Widow Lackitt from marriage in Act III, Scene III and what is her response?

5. What does Oroonoko understand about the slaves who take the governor's pardon and beg forgiveness in Act IV, Scene II?

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

7. What is the tone of the beginning of Act IV, Scene II and how do you know?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Freedom is an important theme in the play. Discuss what freedom and liberty means and how it is expressed in the play. What is being said about freedom? How do the characters view freedom? Do they want to be free, especially the slaves? If so, how do they go about achieving freedom?

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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