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. How does Hellena intend to get into the carnival?

2. What state is Willmore in when he sees Florinda waiting for Belvile in the garden?

3. What effect does tricking Blunt have on Phillippo?

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

5. Where do Florinda and Belvile make arrangements to meet when they see each other at the carnival?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the merits of Don Antonio as a husband?

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

4. How does Willmore feel about women in general?

5. What kind of "mask" is Willmore showing to both Hellena and Angellica?

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

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

8. Why isn't Phillippo jealous of all the attention Lucetta is paying to Blunt?

9. What happens when Willmore tries to make a joke to Belvile about his attack on Florinda?

10. What is Willmore's downfall when he encounters Antonio also waiting outside Angellica's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is the one character of the play who wears no mask, literal or metaphorical? How does this provide a defining contrast to the other characters in The Rover? Discuss the contrast between this character's honesty versus the varied emotions being displayed by Willmore and Angellica. What purpose does this character serve to the subtext of The Rover? Fully explain your answer, giving specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In The Rover, confusion piles upon confusion and anger piles upon anger, all as the result of people assuming that what they see, and believe to be true, actually IS true. The core element at the heart of both the play's theme and its narrative are the complications that arise when assumptions are made. Give three detailed examples of characters in The Rover seeing what they want to see instead of the reality of a situation.

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