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

2. What information does Lucy reveal to Welldon in Act IV, Scene I about her fortune?

3. What argument finally convinced Oroonoko to drop his sword at the end of Act IV, Scene II?

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

5. Who agrees with Oroonoko about Hottman Act III, Scene IV?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Welldon give Stanmore at the end of Act IV, Scene I, what do they talk about and what is Stanmore's reaction?

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

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

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

6. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trickery and betrayal are two intermingling themes that are seen in the play. Discuss what each means and how it is expressed in the novel. Who is tricked and by whom? Who is betrayed and by whom? What do we learn about the characters and the relationships between them based on the trickery and betrayal? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Thomas Southerne as the writer of the play. Who was he and why did he decide to turn Behn's novella into a play? What were his motivations and goals in writing the play? What else did he write? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

Essay Topic 3

Although Thomas Southerne wrote the play, Oroonoko, A Tragedy, the true creator of Oroonoko is the author, Aphra Behn. What was Behn's life like? What were her views? Why did she become a writer? What did she write? What were her inspirations for writing Oroonoko? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella).

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