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. Who says "I am afraid You'll find it difficult, and dangerous" in Act III, Scene IV?

2. What is Blanford trying to convince Oroonoko to do near the end of Act IV, Scene II?

3. What does Lucy tell Welldon that she has heard about the slaves?

4. What does Welldon request of Stanmore near the end of Act IV, Scene I?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Jack feel about his role in the situation between himself and Mrs.Lackitt in Act IV?

9. How might Act III be considered the climax of the play?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every story must have an antagonist. This play has a few antagonists because there are a few characters who are against the main protagonist, Oroonoko. Discuss what makes a character an antagonist and analyze how each character below can be considered an antagonist. 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. Then determine which character is the main antagonist. Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

1) Captain

2) Governor

3) Oroonoko's father

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used in the play. Discuss the meaning of foreshadowing and cite at least three examples of foreshadowing. What is being foreshadowed and how do you know? 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

Plays have been written as far back as ancient Greek times and Aristotle, as an ancient Greek philosopher left the world with his rulings on the six dramatic elements. Discuss Aristotle's six dramatic elements then choose one to analyze in regards to the play: 1) Plot/Action 2) Character 3) Ideas/Themes 4) Language 5) Music 6) Spectacle. 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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