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. Why isn't Phillippo jealous of Lucetta flirting with Blunt?

2. How does Pedro react when he sees Willmore, Belvile, and Frederic in his garden?

3. The three couples in The Rover will struggle in what way?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of book is Blunt reading as Florinda comes in and sees him in Belvile's house?

2. What is a farce?

3. Why is Pedro in such a bad mood in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. How does the bawdy conversation between Valeria, Hellena, and Florinda at the beginning of Act 3 parallel some of the men's conversations in earlier scenes?

5. Does Moretta wear any kind of a mask?

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

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

8. As Florinda waits in the garden for Belvile, what is she finally showing about herself without any masks?

9. Why does Blunt hate all women in general?

10. What core theme of The Rover is becoming clear as Antonio mistakes his prisoner Belvile for Willmore?

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

Pedro can easily see through Antonio's mask as they both vie for Angellica's attention. Why can't Pedro see through the disguises of Florinda and Hellena? What about the sisters or Pedro makes it easier for him to be deceived? What greater thematic point of The Rover does this illustrate?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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