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

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

3. Act III, Scene I is with which characters?

4. What does Oroonoko disagree with in Act III, Scene II?

5. What does Widow Lackitt threaten to do to Lucy in Act III, Scene III?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Aboan's most convincing argument which finally gets Oroonoko to join his plans of revolt?

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. How does Blanford convince Oroonoko to drop his sword?

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

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

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

10. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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

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