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 is Blanford trying to convince Oroonoko to do near the end of Act IV, Scene II?

2. To whom is the line "You are a Slave your self, and to command, Is now anothers right" being spoken to in Act III, Scene II?

3. What is Aboan's idea for gaining freedom from slavery?

4. Why does Widow Lackitt give Welldon a gift?

5. In Act III, Scene I, why does Aboan not want to trust Hottman just yet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Aboan caution Oroonoko in Scene II, Act III and what does he fear has happened to Oroonoko?

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

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

8. How does Blanford convince Oroonoko to drop his sword?

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

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

The play, though having two running story-lines, is for the most part, a tragedy. Discuss the play as a tragedy. What are the elements of a tragedy according to Aristotle? What are the elements of a tragedy according to Shakespeare? How does the play fit in with each set of guidelines? 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

One thing Oroonoko, the play, does well is emphasize scenes of pathos. Discuss what the term 'pathos' means and how it is emphasized in the play. 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

Secondary characters are essential to any story. Choose two of the characters, one from each group below to analyze and discuss. What is a secondary character and how is this character considered one? What is the character's personality? What relationships does the character have with others? What are the character's good points? What are the flaws? How does this character assist the plot? What relationship does this character have with the protagonist? What relationship does this character have with the antagonist? Research as necessary using at least one book source (not including the play or novella) and use specific examples from the play.

Group A

1) Lucy

2) Mrs. Lackitt

3) Stanmore

Group B

4) Blanford

5) Aboan

6) Hottman

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