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

2. Who appears as the mediator?

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

4. Who says the phrase "green Sickness" in Act IV, Scene I?

5. What is the feeling in Act III, Scene II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are three examples of foreshadowing in Act III?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the character Hottman in Act III.

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

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

9. What is Oroonoko's plan in Act III, Scene IV?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

One main theme of Oroonoko, the play, is the feeling of compassion. Discuss how compassion is expressed in the play and by which characters. What is being said about compassion? What are the characters feeling compassionate about? How is it considered a theme? 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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