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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. Which slave says that he belonged to Oroonoko?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the character Hottman in Act III.

4. In Act III, Scene III, what does Welldon suggest he do so that he and Widow Lackitt may get married?

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

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

7. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Slavery is a main aspect in both the play and the novella. What issues of slavery are brought up in each version? What statement is being made by each author? How do you know? 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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