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

2. What sort of tone does the conversation between Welldon and Jack have in Act IV, Scene I?

3. Whom does Oroonoko kill near the beginning of Act IV Scene II?

4. What does Aboan mean by the line: "...I see Love has your Heart, and takes up all your thoughts" in Act III, Scene II?

5. How does Welldon put off Widow Lackitt from marriage yet again in Act III, Scene III?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the situation between Daniel and Lucy in Act IV, Scene I?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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