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

2. Who says "...if you had not prevented my cutting his Throat, that Coward there had not discover'd us" in Act IV, Scene II?

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

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

5. Why have Oroonoko and the slaves gathered in Act III, Scene IV?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the character Hottman 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 nickname does Welldon suggest Mrs.Lackitt call him and how is this ironic?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom is an important theme in the play. Discuss what freedom and liberty means and how it is expressed in the play. What is being said about freedom? How do the characters view freedom? Do they want to be free, especially the slaves? If so, how do they go about achieving freedom?

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

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).

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