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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 information does Lucy reveal to Welldon in Act IV, Scene I about her fortune?

2. Oroonoko says "I must Capitulate?" in Act IV, Scene II. What does "capitulate" mean?

3. For what purpose has Blanford brought Aboan to Oroonoko?

4. What does Widow Lackitt give to Welldon in Act IV, Scene I when they are alone?

5. What does Oroonoko disagree with in Act III, Scene II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the lesson behind the captain's death and did we know it was coming?

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

5. What nickname does Welldon suggest Mrs.Lackitt call him and how is this ironic?

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

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

8. Describe the character Hottman in Act III.

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

10. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

It can be said that Oroonoko the play has many similarities to certain plays of Shakespeare. Discuss, analyze, and compare in what ways Oroonoko is similar to Shakespeare plays. Was this intentional on the part of Southerne? Why or why not? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Plays to compare Oroonoko to:

1) Romeo and Juliet

2) Othello

3) Twelfth Night

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