Oroonoko: An Authoritative Text, Historical Backgrounds, Criticism Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the two people who have betrayed Oroonoko in Act IV, Scene II?

2. What does Welldon plan on using the jewels and money for that Mrs. Lackitt gave him?

3. Why does Imoinda request that Oroonoko kill her in Act III, Scene II?

4. To whom is Welldon speaking at the beginning of Act IV?

5. What does one slave ask Oroonoko in the beginning of Act III, Scene IV?

Essay 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

There are many elements in literature, and two that are used in the play are allusions and irony. Discuss what allusions are and cite some examples from the play. What is being alluded to and how do you know? Is it an effective allusion? Discuss what irony means and the three types of irony. Then cite three examples of irony, labeling each example with the type of irony. 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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