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. Why is Daniel irritated when he enters in Act IV, Scene I?

2. Which of the following is not something Welldon and Jack discuss in Act IV, Scene I?

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

4. To what does the phrase "green Sickness" refer to in Act IV, Scene I?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character Hottman in Act III.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Oroonoko understand about the slaves who take the governor's pardon and beg forgiveness in Act IV, Scene II?

9. Why does Oroonoko say that Imoinda has made him a coward?

10. Describe the character Aboan in Act III.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are several key female characters in the play Oroonoko and through them, we can get an understanding of the lifestyle and treatment of women in those times. Choose one of the following topics below in regards to women:

1) Discuss how women were treated and viewed during the time period of the play's setting. How is the treatment of women shown in the play through the female characters? Is it an accurate depiction? What were Southerne's viewpoints?

2) Discuss how Aphra Behn was considered a feminist of her time and how her feminist views have been portrayed in not only her novella but in Southerne's play.

3) One major change in the play adaption of the novel is the change in race of Imoinda. Discuss this change and what it means in relationship to women and race.

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

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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