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 does Blunt try to take from Angellica's after the Englishmen chase off Antonio and his men?

2. Why does Behn choose to have a male playwright to speak in the Prologue?

3. What do Lucetta, Sancho, and Phillippo do with Blunt's belongings?

4. Many of the characters behave according to what standard?

5. Florinda is in love with which of the following characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was it so easy for Lucetta to trick Blunt?

2. Why does Florinda rush in and try to stop the duel between Pedro and Belvile?

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

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

5. Why does Angellica want to get revenge on Willmore?

6. What reasons does the playwright give for people attending the play?

7. Does Hellena seem well suited to become a nun? Why or why not?

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

9. Give two examples of how men show their disregard for women in the first act of The Rover.

10. What is meant by the idea that the audience sees what they want to see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aphra Behn used a male playwright in the Prologue. What point was she trying to make and was it effective? How would a woman saying the same things change the tone of the Prologue? How does this relate to the larger theme of people seeing what they want to see and the danger of making assumptions? Give specific examples from The Rover to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Which one was the true Willmore and not just a mask he donned to get his way: Willmore the contemptuous womanizer or Willmore the honest husband? Please explain your answer with at least four specific examples from The Rover.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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