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 is unusual about the three couples at the center of the play?

2. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, how does Belvile know that it is not possible for Willmore to approach Angellica yet?

3. Which suitor does Florinda's father hope she will marry?

4. Why does Florinda run off after being rescued from Willmore?

5. What is the typical role of a woman at the time the play was written?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Willmore feel about women in general?

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

4. What is ironic about Pedro's last comment in Act 3, Scene 5?

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

6. Why does Blunt hate all women in general?

7. What agreement did Valeria and Frederic have that they reveal to Florinda and Belvile in Act 5?

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

9. What is the reason, other than the carnival, that Frederic and Blunt have come to town?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the difference between a literal mask and an emotional or metaphorical mask? Give specific examples from The Rover.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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