The Rover Test | Mid-Book 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 was unusual about the author of this play?

2. Why is Willmore angry as he enters the garden and sees Florinda waiting for Belvile?

3. According to Blunt, what kind of things could Lucetta teach the prostitutes of England?

4. Who is Frederic flirting with out on the street in front of Angellica's home?

5. What thought consoles Blunt after his bad experience with Lucetta?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with Belvile's desire to confront Antonio before he marries Florinda?

2. What is a farce?

3. Is Willmore being truthful with Angellica at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

4. Why does Angellica persist in her attraction to Willmore despite Moretta's warnings about him?

5. Why does Willmore believe Hellena disguised as a gypsy is a woman of quality?

6. What happens when Belvile tries to help the wounded Antonio?

7. What does Pedro demand to know of "Antonio" after he lays his sword at Florinda's feet?

8. Why doesn't Florinda want to marry Don Antonio?

9. How does Belvile try to persuade Antonio to spare him?

10. Why is Willmore's "mask" extremely precarious in Scenes 3 and 4 of Act 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An aspect to the play's thematic point is that sometimes there are masks within masks, and the removal of one layer of disguise doesn't mean there aren't more beneath it. In a cohesive page or two, describe the first "mask" Willmore shows to Angellica. When he throws this first mask aside, what does he reveal underneath? Who do you think is the "real" Willmore? Are there any other characters with multiple-layered masks?

Essay Topic 2

Willmore seems to continually frustrate or infuriate Belvile. Give three examples of this occurring in The Rover. Do think Willmore's gaffes are intentional? What purpose do they serve to the plot or theme of the play?

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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