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. After stepping out of sight of the approaching Englishmen in the beginning of Act 3, what does Hellena overhear Willmore telling his friends?

2. What does Florinda think of falling in love at first sight?

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

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

5. At the beginning of the play, who has been banished, penniless from his homeland?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Florinda walk past Pedro on the street without him recognizing her?

2. How does Florinda feel about the way Pedro treats her and why?

3. What is the problem with Belvile's desire to confront Antonio before he marries Florinda?

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

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

6. What is a farce?

7. What is a soliloquy?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the difference between the way men treated high-born women like Florinda and low-born women, prostitutes in particular? Give two specific examples to back up your point of view.

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

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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