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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 comment does Pedro make as his servant tells him that Florinda is safe after the attack in the garden?
2. Which suitor does Florinda's brother Pedro hope she will marry?
3. Who is Frederic flirting with out on the street in front of Angellica's home?
4. Why is the playwright speaking in the prologue as a man?
5. How does Hellena intend to get into the carnival?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it significant that The Rover was written by a woman?
2. Does Moretta wear any kind of a mask?
3. What is a striking difference between how Pedro expects Hellena and Florinda to behave and how they actually act?
4. What is the difference between an aside and a soliloquy?
5. What does Florinda call Pedro as he repeatedly thwarts her efforts to marry Belvile?
6. Does Hellena seem well suited to become a nun? Why or why not?
7. Give two examples of how the women are determined not to be taken advantage of by the men in the first act of The Rover.
8. Why does Willmore believe Hellena disguised as a gypsy is a woman of quality?
9. What is Angellica "masking" as she meets Willmore for the first time?
10. What is ironic about Pedro's last comment in Act 3, Scene 5?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What might have Aphra Behn considered a virtuous woman versus a prostitute or courtesan? Using characters and situations from The Rover, discuss what could be meant by the term "virtuous woman." What makes someone virtuous? Does station in life make one more virtuous than another?
Essay Topic 2
One of the larger themes of the play seems to be warning women to beware of the charms of men. Give four specific examples of this. Are there examples of men falling to the charms of women? How is this interpreted differently in the subtext of The Rover?
Essay Topic 3
The Rover shows the way society in general, and men in particular, viewed the female gender with mistrust, resentment, anger, lust, and the capacity for violence. In the dramatization of the way women were viewed as something to be dominated and controlled, how does the play progress to demonstrate this in a much more visceral, less polite and ultimately less comic way?
Compare and contrast this with how women are treated in modern society.
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