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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the widow's reaction to Welldon's statement in putting her off from marriage?

2. To what does the phrase "green Sickness" refer to in Act IV, Scene I?

3. How does Welldon pacify the widow in Act III, Scene III?

4. Which of the following characters does not ask for pardon?

5. Why is Daniel irritated when he enters in Act IV, Scene I?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the play with the novella. Discuss the history behind each piece, the themes, how each one was received by the public and its popularity and how each was interpreted. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

Essay Topic 3

Relationships between characters are very important, especially in a play. Choose two characters' relationship to discuss and analyze from the list below. What is the relationship between the two characters? How did they meet? How do they interact? What happens to them in the end? What do we learn about the individual characters based on their relationship with each other? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

1) Welldon and Mrs. Lackitt

2) Oroonoko and Blanford

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