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 little thing do Willmore and Antonio duel over in Act 2?

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

3. How does Hellena intend to get into the carnival?

4. Who saves Florinda from Willmore when he is attacking her in Act 3, Scene 5?

5. Even though she is angry with Willmore, what does Hellena realize about him as he tries to explain where he has been?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Epilogue say about the audience?

3. What is a striking difference between how Pedro expects Hellena and Florinda to behave and how they actually act?

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

5. How has Willmore ruined Angellica?

6. 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?

7. What is a farce?

8. What is Willmore finally showing about himself as he comes upon Florinda by herself in the garden?

9. Why doesn't Angellica let Antonio kill Willmore in Act 5, Part 2?

10. Why is it important to the plot of The Rover that Florinda, Hellena and Valeria are still wearing their gypsy disguises as they meet Belvile, Wilmore, and Frederic on the street?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Rovers central premise is women can and should be in control of their own destinies.

1. Choose two female characters and describe how they took control of their own destiny.

2. Contrast these women with a female character who did not seem to be in control of what happened to her.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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